Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders.

Within the adult directorate there are 15 therapists, who work across a variety of different specialities. We also employ an assistant and a secretary. Our specialities include:

  • Neurosciences
  • Stroke
  • ENT and head & neck cancer
  • Cochlear implant (also includes children)
  • Dysfluency
  • Neuro-oncology

Speech and language therapists encounter a range of communication disorders.

This may include:

  • Voice disorders
  • Stammering
  • Dysphasia (problems using language)
  • Dysarthria (problems with articulation due to neuro-muscular impairment)
  • Dystonia

A large part of our role is the assessment of dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction). There are many different causes of dysphagia and management depends upon the cause.

We have regular input into a videofluoroscopy service in the x-ray department at The James Cook University Hospital. Videofluoroscopy allows assessment of the swallowing process radiographically. The therapist and referring consultant will decide whether this is appropriate.

Where we are

We are based at The James Cook University Hospital and provide serives at a range of community venues. This means that people assessed while in hospital can also be followed up in the community. If they live outside of the South Tees area, they are referred to their local speech and language therapy department as necessary. Some of the specialties such as cochlea implant, ENT and neurosciences cover a wider area. In some circumstances we also take self-referrals.

Useful links

The following websites related to this specialty may be helpful: