SBT staff get the latest training – and offer it, too!

Shape Coding

The past few weeks have seen SBT’s staff going on several training courses. Catherine attended a two-day course for SLTs on how to run fluency groups using the Swindon model at The Swindon Centre at the end of October. We’re very much looking forward to Catherine sharing what she’s learnt with the team!

Meanwhile, last week, Sally, Rochelle and Michelle attended a course on Shape Coding in Oxted.

Says Michelle: “The Shape Coding Course was a very interesting and engaging learning experience. The course captured many different ways that language disorders present and the variety of ways that the Shape Coding system can help to provide effective support. It was also very interactive; we had many opportunities to have a go at working with the Shape Coding system ourselves. I feel a lot more empowered to incorporate this area of intervention into my caseload, going forward.”

During Half Term, Sarah Buckley delivered another of SBT’s Work Experience workshops. These are designed to help you decide whether a career in speech and language therapy is right for you and increase your readiness to undertake training to become a speech and language therapist.

The response was great, with feedback including “Very informative and enjoyable,” “This has confirmed that this is the career I want,” and “I enjoyed the workshop and look forward to shadowing.”

We’re looking forward to attendees returning to shadow some of our therapists action and to put into practice what they learnt at the workshop.

SBT Student Grant 2019 winners announced

Student Grants 2019
SBT Student Grant Recipients 2019

A huge congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Student Grants! Thanks to everyone who applied – it was a tough choice.

Each year, we award one major grant of £1,000 and five minor grants of £100 each. Practice manager Sarah Buckley says: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer SLT students this opportunity and are eager to continue supporting students in various ways, at all stages of their journey.”

Here are some of the highlights of their applications:

Grant recipients

Major grant recipient

M (name withheld on request)

‘My goal for the profession is to diversity the workforce. An ethnically diverse workforce is able to identify closely with a client’s cultural needs and norms and create and deliver assessments with a greater understanding of cultural biases’

Minor grant recipients

Alexandra Day-Smith

‘As Speech and Language Therapists, we face many obstacles, but I believe the biggest challenge we face is a lack of understanding of what we do and why.’

Bethan Hill and Sarah Buckley
Bethan Hill (right) receiving her grant certificate from Sarah Buckley
Bethan Hill

‘[One of the] biggest challenges that Speech and Language Therapist (SLTs) face in the UK is a lack of awareness in the general public… [I] feel that some of this is because Speech and Language Therapy is a comparatively new profession’

Evie Holder with her grant certificate
Evie Holder

‘Early identification [is important]… Support for teachers in primary and secondary schools [is needed] to help identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs’

Jolene Kieser

‘[One of the biggest issues is] a lack of public awareness about Speech and Language’

Lucy May and Sarah Buckley
Lucy May (left) receiving her grant certificate from Sarah Buckley
Lucy May

‘The biggest challenge SLTs face in the UK today is a lack of funding. Cuts in funding have the potential to diminish the personal, social, educational, occupational and financial outcomes of vulnerable individuals’

The SBT Autumn Term newsletter is now available

In the seventh edition of our newsletter we have all of this in store for you:

  • SBT’s new clinical lead
  • Meet SBT’s six new therapists
  • The recipients of this year’s SBT Student Grants
  • Vacancies at SBT
  • What SBT offers NQPs
  • CommSEY: a fast way to assess communication needs

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New benefits for SBT staff

It’s a new term and a new academic year at SBT. As always, we’re looking for new ways to reward and help our employees. The first this term is a tech discount scheme that enables employees to buy equipment from Apple and Curry’s/PC World at a discounted rate that they can pay back through salary deduction over 12, 24 or 36 months:

How Techscheme.co.uk works

But we’re also embracing Bring Your Own Device. Since we use Office 365 and Office 365 encryption, SBT staff can log in from any computer and access the files they need, while still being secure and GDPR-compliant at all times.

That means in a world where everyone’s computing tastes are different – some may prefer a big laptop with a large screen, others may prefer a Mac, while others may prefer something small and light they can fit in a cycle bag – SBT is happy to allow employees to use their own laptops. We’ll even help set them up with printers and other resources.

That’s just two new perks of working with SBT!

You can now apply for the 2019-20 SBT Student Grant – plus last year’s winner reveals how it has helped her!

Every year, SBT awards a series of student grants to help speech and language therapy students with their studies. There is one major grant of £1,000 and

As part of our commitment to lifelong learning in the field of speech and language therapy, SBT is pleased to offer a unique award for individuals undertaking training to become a Speech and Language Therapist.

Each year, we offer one major grant of £1,000 and five minor grants of £100 each. Additionally, the successful applicants will have access to various opportunities and support, throughout their time at university.

We are now taking applications for the 2019-20 grants. To receive your application form or for any queries, please contact grants@sarahbuckleytherapies.co.uk.

Megan Pickering
The winner of the 2018 SBT Major Grant Megan Pickering (left) with Sarah Buckley

How the SBT Student Grant helped last year’s winner

Megan Pickering was the winner of 2018-19’s major SBT Student Grant and she says it’s been a big help to her.

Continue reading “You can now apply for the 2019-20 SBT Student Grant – plus last year’s winner reveals how it has helped her!”

Come and meet us at London’s SLT Graduate Recruitment Fair tomorrow

Sarah at the graduate recruitment fair

Want to know what it’s like to work as new qualified practitioner? Then come and visit us at the SLT Graduate Fair, which is being held tomorrow at University College London. This is an opportunity for graduating students from the two London training establishments, City, University of London, and UCL, to meet with speech and language therapy services, to discuss working as a newly qualified practitioner, as well as find out what we’re like and what we have to offer.

If you are attending the event, be sure to come over to our stall where we’ll have lots of exciting giveaways and we can tell you all about this year’s SBT Student Grants.

Says SBT SLT Michelle Quaye, “I began working at Sarah Buckley Therapies in September 2018. Since then I’ve worked with children in early years as well as school-aged children in mainstream primary and secondary schools. I’ve also had many training opportunities to develop and enhance my skills in practicing as a Speech Language Therapist.

“I feel that Sarah Buckley Therapies is an amazing company to start your career; I have developed here in so many ways. The team are very friendly and Sarah Buckley is a very knowledgeable and supportive Practice Manager. I would definitely recommend this company to new NQPs!”

The fair will be held in the South Cloisters on the main UCL campus between 2pm and 4pm. You can book a free ticket at Eventbrite.

The SBT Summer Term newsletter is now available

In the sixth edition of our newsletter we have all of this in store for you:

  • The launch of the 2019-2020 SBT Student Grants scheme
  • Canadian student Alison writes about her placement with us
  • Upcoming training
  • What we did for the RCSLT and ICAN #PhotoChallenge

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SBT’s clinic service suspended, due to high demand

SBT's clinic
SBT’s clinic

Since its establishment in 2010, Sarah Buckley Therapies has had the sole aim of providing as much targeted, high-quality, speech and language therapy to as many children and young people as possible. This has mainly been by providing our services to schools, but in 2017, SBT was proud to achieve its long-held ambition of opening an on-site clinic in Bromley. 

Since then, our therapists have seen dozens of children in our clinic, providing them with focused one-to-one therapy that they have been unable to obtain through other means. We’ve also expanded the clinic to provide a popular monthly out-of-hours service on Saturdays for those who can’t attend during the week. The feedback has been superb, with surveys telling us that all our clients would be likely or highly likely to recommend the clinic to others.

However, SBT has continued to grow and expand. It now has the most number of therapists it has ever had, providing services to more schools than ever before. We’ve therefore had a difficult choice to make. With even more schools approaching us for services in the 2019-2020 academic year, even once we recruit more therapists, we still won’t be able to meet those schools’ needs, as well as provide a clinic service.

Unfortunately, that means we’ve had to temporarily suspend our clinic service until further notice. This is obviously disappointing to us, but at the moment, in order to provide the most effective service to the most number of children with speech and communication difficulties, we need to focus all our resources on schools.

It remains our ambition to offer a clinic service again, as soon as possible, and we will provide updates through our web site, newsletter, social media and other means, as soon as that becomes an option for us. We’ve loved working with all our clients and we hope to work with them and many others in the near future.