Exploring accounts of joint working between Speech and Language Therapists and Stroke Association Communication Support Coordinators
Exploring accounts of joint working between Speech and Language Therapists and Stroke Association Communication Support Coordinators Introduction Both Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) and Stroke Association Communication Support Coordinators (CSCs) are employed across the UK to provide services for people with communication difficulties following Stroke. The two roles are usually employed by different sectors and are subject to very different levels of qualification and professional regulation. Despite recommendations that the two roles work together, there is little existing literature examining current practices of joint working between SLTs and CSCs. Method Data were collected through a series of in depth individual interviews with five CSCs and seven SLTs working within the East of England. Data were analysed inductively using Thematic Analysis (Braun & Clark, 2006). Results Six themes were developed which highlighted the perceived benefits and challenges in this example of cross sector working. Both SLTs and CSCs identified strong incentives for joint working. The themes developed suggested a number of processes are engaged in negotiating the joint working relationship. These include ‘Developing and earning trust and respect’; ‘Pushing to establish place’; and ‘Struggling against external pressures and threats’. In addition, two further themes were developed to explore the process of finding agreement in the division of workload: ‘Sharing Out’ of aphasia; and ‘Local level Negotiation and Matching of expectations’. Conclusions: The findings suggest a number of unique features which characterise joint working relationships between SLTs and CSCs. Clinical applications based on the findings are discussed, along with suggested areas for further research.
Citation : SCANTLEBURY, K., BIXLEY, M. AND WILLIAMSON, I. (2016) Exploring accounts of joint working between Speech and Language Therapists and Stroke Association Communication Support Coordinators (poster). Stroke Association UKSF Conference 2017
Research Institute : Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research
Peer Reviewed : Yes