Local mental health trust celebrates 75 years of speech and language therapy

This year marks the 75th anniversary of speech and language therapy in the UK and to celebrate, staff from across local mental health services in Sussex and Hampshire are sharing their stories of what it's like to work as a speech and language therapist in 2020.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services across the South East, currently has more than 25 speech and language therapists working across its services, including with children and young people, older adults and those with dementia.

The year-long national campaign is being led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and gives an opportunity to explore the history of the profession, the developments that have been made and how this has influenced the speech and language therapy that we know today. 

Simon Crane, Speech and Language Therapist, said: "Speech and Language Therapy as a profession has come such a long way in its first 75 years. The reach of the profession is always expanding as we work to bring a communication focus to many different personal, social and societal relationships."

Each month of the campaign will focus on a different theme starting with 'firsts', which looks back through history at some of the key moments in the development of the profession.

Viki Baker, Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Neurodevelopmental services at Sussex Partnership, said: "We are very pleased to launch our new Speech and Language Therapy service for adult mental health and dementia inpatient services, our first specialist mental health and dementia pan-Sussex SLT service and one of the first in the country.

"The new service is made of five specialist speech and language therapists who will be working across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove providing support to 26 of our inpatient wards."

Read the stories of our speech and language therapists here.

Find out more about the national campaign here.