Speech and language therapy 

Speech and Language Therapy service at UCLH NHS Trust is based in three separate sites: 

University College Hospital (including University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street)

  • Head & Neck Centre: 020 7447 2156

    The head and neck Speech and Language Therapy team provide a highly specialist service to both inpatients and outpatients who may experience difficulty swallowing or speaking following treatment for head and neck cancer. Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are core members of the head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT). They have expertise in dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), speech, voice and laryngectomy rehabilitation, tracheostomy management and palliative care. They also actively engage in patient related research to improve functional outcomes for people with head and neck cancer.

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  • Adult Acute Service - 0203 447 9289

    Our service caters for adult inpatients with swallowing and /or communication disorders. Our specialists assess and manage patients where there is concern about:

    • Difficulty with swallowing. We will provide patients with a management plan, with the aim of reducing sepsis and to aid adequate nutrition, hydration and medication management in the acute setting
    • Acquired difficulties with language for example difficulties finding words or understanding information. These may be caused by a neurological problem
    • Acquired difficulties with producing clear speech. These difficulties may have been caused by a neurological problem.
    • Tracheostomy tubes including those who require support to communicate their needs.
    • Whether the patient has capacity. We can contribute to decisions about mental capacity as part of the multi-disciplinary assessment.

    We will liaise with the community Speech and Language Therapy services to ensure follow up is provided if required.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outpatient service. For patients who require an outpatient or domiciliary appointment, they need to be referred to their local community Speech and Language Therapy service.

    For more information please contact our Service Administrator on 0203 447 9289

  • Paediatric and Neonatal Service: 0203 447 9289

    A service is provided to premature infants, neonates and young children on an inpatient basis. The focus is on early intervention and support for individuals and their families with regard to developmental feeding issues or acquired communication and /or swallowing difficulties. Our specialists, working closely with their multidisciplinary team colleagues, assess and manage the following patients:

    Babies with:

    • Feeding difficulties related to prematurity, including promoting comfortable digestion as a precursor to progressing to breast or bottle feeding
    • Extreme prematurity, supporting families and carers in interpreting and responding to the baby’s behavioural cues. This promotes bonding and brain development. The consultant SLT is trained in NIDCAP*(Newborn Individualised Developmental Care & Assessment Programme)
    • Feeding difficulties in babies related to specific conditions such as cleft palate or brain injury. The aim of input is to support safe progression to oral feeding

    Young children with:

    • Difficulties with swallowing as a result of acquired conditions such as cancer. The aim of management is to reduce risk of infection and to aid adequate nutrition, hydration and medication management in the acute setting
    • Difficulties with language for example difficulties finding words or understanding information
    • Difficulties with producing clear speech

    We are unable to provide an outpatient service however we maintain close links with community agencies to ensure that patients are redirected to the appropriate service, e.g. the Michael Palin Stammering Centre or the Camden Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service.

    For more information please contact our Service Administrator on 0203 447 9289.

  • Research & Education

    We have a strong commitment to research and audit. Our therapists have published in peer reviewed journals and have presented at national and international conferences. We provide a range of graduate and postgraduate education opportunities, including student placements and lecturing at University College London and City University, London. We also run an internationally renowned FEES course. Team members have served on a number of special interest group committees and regularly advise the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists on national policy and best practice guidelines.
Miss Roganie Govender Speech and language therapy

 Contact details

Speech and language therapy
3rd Floor East Wing
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PQ

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 9289

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 9289
Fax: 020 3447 9811

Service manager - Lizzy Marks
Email: l.marks@nhs.net

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