Category Archives: Service delivery

Practice change in speech and language therapy: from PhD thesis to Plain English

It’s embarrassing as a speech and language therapist to admit this: I find it difficult to communicate the findings of my PhD in a way that can be easily understood. My thesis is open access, but access doesn’t make it … Continue reading

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What can we do with applied qualitative health research?

The British Sociological Association has a new special interest group in applied qualitative health research. Yesterday I was in Newcastle for its inaugural symposium (on twitter as #AQHR). Over 60 researchers had gathered to explore the question, ‘What can we do with applied … Continue reading

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Wired, tired or expired? A week of practice change @WeSpeechies

My week as ‘rotation curator’ of the @WeSpeechies handle on Twitter is coming to an end. The tweetchat on our topic ‘Making a change in your practice – what does it take #WeSpeechies?’ generated a particularly wide range of perspectives. This blog post is a chance for me to … Continue reading

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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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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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