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Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the British Stammering Association, is trialling an innovative way of delivering speech therapy to adults who stammer, after receiving £75,000 worth of funding from the Health Foundation’s Innovating for Improvement programme. The pilot is due to last for a year from April 2017 until March 2018, and the results of the trial will be evaluated by the Speech and Language Therapy research team at Leeds Beckett University.

The pilot aims to identify adults who stammer seeking help in areas where there is currently no NHS provision and to provide therapy via video link (telemedicine). The therapy is being delivered by specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Stephanie Burgess, and aims to equip the participants who stammer with the tools to manage and live with their stammer.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning trust specialising in telemedicine, and the idea for the trial came out of Stephanie’s work with people in prison via the trust’s telemedicine hub. You can read about one man’s therapy experience here

If you are interested in being part of the trial, visit http://www.stammering.org/speaking-out/article/join-our-nhs-adult-therapy-telehealth-pilot