Launch of the new Yorkshire and Humber AAC Clinical Excellence Network

On 21st October twenty-two professionals from across the Yorkshire and Humber region came together for the inaugural meeting of the AAC Clinical Excellence Network in Leeds. The group is affiliated to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, but membership is open to any professional working within the field of AAC across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

On the agenda was the official swearing-in of the committee members, followed by the AGM. We then shared our experiences of this year’s Communication Matters Conference which was also held in Leeds, on the 13th-15th September.

Andrea Kirton gave the group an update on the role of the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team in its role as the Specialised Service for AAC and Environmental Controls (EC). For further information please see our website pages at: www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/at/

Helen Robinson talked to the group about the extensive range of training opportunities offered by the Barnsley AT Team. The current courses we offer and dates available are on our website www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/assistive-technology/services/training-courses/ – but please also get in touch with ideas or requests for training.

Finally, each professional gave the group an update on how AAC is currently provided in their local team. As part of the Barnsley AT Team’s role as the Specialised Service for AAC and EC we are rapidly expanding the areas we cover and it is really valuable for us to understand AAC provision across the region. Over the coming months members of our team will be meeting with local services to discuss how our service will support their clients with AAC.

There was certainly a real buzz about the CEN and attendees were pleased to have the opportunity to come together and discuss AAC. We did have quite a long list of people who wanted to attend but couldn’t due to the room capacity. Our next meeting is at Henshaw’s College, Harrogate on 20th January 2016 and we will have a much bigger room so hopefully all those that wish to attend will be able to! Tickets will be available via our eventbrite site shortly.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

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