Category Archives: CPD

How do speech and language therapists go about doing their work, and why do they do it that way?

Although my PhD is in the field of implementation, I have a somewhat uneasy relationship with the word. According to WordReference.com, its etymology can be traced back to Late Latin, meaning ‘a filling up’ in the sense of completion, satisfaction or … Continue reading

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Manualised interventions – can they help us change practice?

“The profession of speech therapy in Great Britain has never taken kindly to the construction of stereotyped programmes of treatment. It perceives therapy to be a creative process in which procedures are used with considerable selectivity.” This introduction to Jennifer Warner, … Continue reading

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Smoothing the way for practice change

Journal Clubs are becoming popular as a way for teams to look together at research evidence and decide if practice needs to change as a result. But do we give enough thought to what happens next? Introducing and getting familiar with … Continue reading

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Questions of efficacy, effectiveness and implementation

When doing research in an applied field such as speech and language therapy, different sorts of questions are needed depending on what you are trying to understand. As with all attempts at categorisation, the following question types have fuzzy and overlapping boundaries. However, in … Continue reading

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What does it take to make a practice change, #WeSpeechies?

Making a change in your practice – what does it take? This is the theme for Twitter’s @WeSpeechies from 20th-26th April 2014, when I will be taking a turn to curate. An hour-long #WeSpeechies tweetchat on Tuesday 22nd at 8pm (BST) includes 5 questions … Continue reading

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Life is academic after speechmag

In 2011 it was time to bring Speech & Language Therapy in Practice to a close, and I was faced with the problem of what to do next. At a point where some rational decision making was probably called for, I … Continue reading

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Preserving the Speech & Language Therapy in Practice archive

Speech & Language Therapy in Practice magazine came to a close at the end of 2011, but its legacy is a wealth of archive material reflecting the growth of the profession. Being aware of the practical value of the articles – … Continue reading

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