Communication needs after Stroke survey


RCSLT NI is working in partnership with its members, the Stroke Association NI and Ulster University to carry out a survey of communication needs after a stroke. 

The survey has been designed collaboratively and hopes to provide us and the other organisations with a comparative analysis of how stroke survivors view the impact of having a communication difficulty and the services they receive.

The results will be compared with others gained from a similar survey carried out in 2008. This will enable the RCSLT to inform the Northern Ireland review of stroke services with up to date comparative information on user perception and impact. The full consultation ‘Reshaping Stroke Services’ is due to be launched in January 2018. 

In addition to this survey, RCSLT NI is also gathering information about local AAC provision, which may also impact stroke survivors. A recently submitted freedom of information (FOI) request on AAC provision has indicated unacceptable delays in assessment for people requiring an AAC assessment.

As of 19 October 2017 the longest wait for assessment was 29 months and three days and the average wait was 41 weeks.  The age range of those waiting for an assessment was 1 year 11 months to 86 years.

Alison McCullough MBE, Head of the Northern Ireland office says,

“It’s clear that people with communication difficulties in Northern Ireland services are facing unacceptable delays in receiving appropriate communication support. 

We hope to use the evidence gathered from the survey and the FOI request to inform commissioners of stroke services and the department of health, who are currently undertaking an SLT workforce review."

The NI survey closes on 30 November 2017.

For more information email Janet McGookin or call 02890446387

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