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Angela

Angela

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

“I chose to work in the community because I wanted to make a difference.”

  • Tell us about your role. What do you get up to on a typical day/week?

    I work with children that have speech, language and communication needs. The children I meet find it difficult to communicate e.g. finding words, making sounds and making sentences. My week is quite varied, some days I work in clinics with early years’ children and their parents delivering therapy. Other days I go out to schools to deliver therapy to children, meeting other professionals and sharing my knowledge and experience with them.

  • What’s the best thing about working in the community? What made you choose this kind of work?

    I chose to work in the community because it is very rewarding work. I wanted to make a difference to the lives of the children I work with and their families, and be part of a friendly, dynamic and supportive team.

  • If you have worked in a previous environment, e.g. acute, how does this compare to working in community health?

    Before I worked in community health I worked in education as a Teaching Assistant. The work I do now is very different. I work all over Bristol and see many more children than just the ones in schools. This means that I now work with a much more diverse group of individuals from ages 3 – 16, with a range of different speech and communication needs across the whole of Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

  • Describe the working culture here?

    Here at Bristol Community Health (BCH) we want to make a difference to Bristol and its communities. Our aim is to make lives better, we do this by ensuring that we have a holistic approach to all our patients and they are at the Centre of the work that we do. I work with an amazing, supportive, innovative, inspiring team, where we all believe in improving outcomes for children and their families.

  • What do you think makes someone successful here?

    To be successful at BCH you need to have a positive outlook and be willing to give care and support to the patients and their families. By working as a team, in partnership with other professionals, organisations and groups, we can have an impact on the whole community. Having a sense of humour is always helpful and knowing that you have support when you need it is invaluable.

  • Tell us about the learning and development and career progression opportunities?

    BCH has a positive commitment to learning and development through our performance management. Regular goal setting and observations have helped me to learn and improve my performance by identifying future training needs and support. I also meet with therapists regularly to ensure I know what I am doing and why.

  • What’s the most rewarding thing about your role?

    The most rewarding thing about my role is seeing the improvement in a child, or group of children, that I have been delivering therapy to. Sometimes it is just like a light bulb coming on and you can see by the child’s face that they suddenly ‘get it’, and they are able to do what they couldn’t before. It’s also about sharing this with everyone involved with children, young people and their families.

  • What do you think patients would say about the service you provide?

    I think patients would say that they were very lucky to have had my help and that I had made a difference to them and their communication.

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