Speech and Language Disorders: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Shinkwin Lord Shinkwin Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and Health Education England use the evidence and findings in the report by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Bercow: Ten Years On, published 20 March, to inform their work in developing leadership in the Allied Health Professions.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Speech, language and communication skills are fundamental in helping people flourish in life, and the Government is firmly committed to ensuring that those with speech, language and communication needs receive the support they need to reach their full potential. We therefore welcome the Bercow Ten Years On report and it raises some important issues. The Government is currently considering the report and will respond in due course.

The NHS Leadership Academy’s leadership development programmes are aimed at all levels of leadership and disciplines including allied health professionals. NHS England colleagues already work closely with us on the Clinical Executive Fast Track Scheme and we have commenced conversations regarding allied health professionals leadership development. To date, over 4,000 allied health professionals have enrolled on NHS Leadership Academy National Programmes.

The role that allied health professionals and other clinicians play in National Health Service leadership is of utmost importance and we engage with a range of professions to understand how best to support clinical leaders.

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