Westminster, The Medical Centre
- 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ
- Phone: 020 7266 8803
- Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Bessborough Street Clinic
- 1 Bessborough Street, London SW1V 2JD
- Phone: 020 8102 3501 (early years team)
- Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
- Cheyne Child Development Service, 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH
Telephone Number: 020 7266 8803
The SLT service is provided by Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH). The service provide assessment for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or problems with eating, drinking, and swallowing. Following diagnosis, the service may provide therapy for children and young people whose difficulties have a significant impact on their functional, everyday communication skills.
The aim is to make sure that children and young people reach their speech, language and communication potential, whatever their level of ability and preferred communication method.
The service is delivered on the principle that all children and young people’s communication skills are best developed through interaction with the people who are most familiar with the children and young people, and in their everyday situations and environments. There is also a strong focus on early identification and intervention.
Team members work collaboratively with parents and carers, as well as education, early years, and health colleagues. They provide training and advice for parents/carers and key staff, and work alongside others in the children’s workforce to create communication supportive environments and to support individual children. This is to ensure a whole system approach to meeting speech, language and communication needs.
Early Years Referrals:
SLT services run an open referral system for pre-school age children, so anyone can refer a child to the Early Years’ Service if there is a concern about their speech, language, communication, or swallowing. To make a referral, please complete a referral form and email it to CLCHT.email@example.com. Referral forms can be found on the website: https://fisd.westminster.gov.uk/kb5/westminster/fis/service.page?id=v-lLs9wrJ1s
Children under 5 are usually seen within 8 weeks for initial assessment. Following initial assessment all parents / carers are invited to a SLT information session which gives the opportunity to explain what SLT is and how parents / carers can support their children’s communication.
Early Years’ Service
This service is available to preschool children (0 – 5 years), who have problems with their speech, language and communication, or with eating and drinking. All children who live in Hammersmith and Fulham or have a GP in the borough can access this service.
The service mostly takes place in clinics, children’s centres, nurseries and nursery classes attached to schools. Support provided includes assessment of needs, group and individual therapy for children, and training and collaborating with parents, carers, and staff involved in the child’s care. The focus in early years is on prevention of communication concerns and on early identification and support of needs.
Therapists run drop-in sessions at children’s centres, for parents/carers to find out more about speech and language needs and the SLT service, and to discuss any concerns they have with their child’s speech, language, and communication development. Details of the drop-in sessions, including upcoming dates and times, can be found on the website.
In addition, therapists support early year’s practitioners to ensure that children’s centres and nurseries/schools can also help develop children’s speech, language and communication. This is achieved by training staff, sharing resources such as language enriching activities, and ensuring the child’s environment promotes language and communication.
The SLT team have developed a new telephone advice service for practioners who would like any advice from an early years SLT; such as on interaction strategies, accessing training, creating communication supportive environments, and referrals. Further details, including dates and times when the service is taking place can be found here.
A specialist feeding service is available to assess and support children who face difficulties with eating and drinking. When a feeding referral is received the Therapist will contact the family within two weeks. Support consists of advice and a programme, which is reviewed regularly.
Target Group: All children who live in Kensington and Chelsea, or Westminster or have a GP in the borough can access this service.
Cost Implication: No