Speech and Language Therapy Team shortlisted

Rod Soutar and Bert Massari with Ashley McGee and Jennifer Keir.

Rod Soutar and Bert Massari with Ashley McGee and Jennifer Keir.

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NHS Tayside’s Speech and Language Therapy Team was shortlisted from over 80 applicants to the final three in the category ‘Best Community Support Initiative’ at Scotland’s Dementia Awards, run by Alzheimer’s Scotland.

The team, based at Royal Victoria Hospital, developed a new group therapy programme for people with dementia. Feedback from the group and their families was positive, with members reporting increased confidence and hope. Others reported that the group had helped them to adjust to living well with dementia. The support and camaraderie of the group sessions was also cited as one of the reasons for the programme’s success.

Jennifer Keir, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, said: “Although our team didn’t win the category this year, we felt privileged and proud to have reached the finals. Representing a small profession in such a public way can only generate increased knowledge and awareness of the speech and language therapist role. Our congratulations go to all the participants and finalists.”