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Public Health England: Speech Therapy

Health written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps Public Health England will take to use speech and language therapists to improve educational and employment outcomes.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England will hold the up-to-date evidence on which public health interventions work, and how to deploy them effectively, across the range of public health practice. This includes such areas as speech and language therapy, where the Government recognise the significant contribution speech and language therapists can make to addressing costly challenges such as poverty, poor mental health, antisocial behaviour, educational attainment and reablement. The Department will publish a consultation document on a Public Health Workforce Strategy in the autumn. To inform this work, a Public Health Workforce Strategy Working Group, chaired by a regional director of public health has been established. Members of the group include representatives from a range of health and local government organisations, including the Co-Chair of the National Allied Health Professional Advisory Board.

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