First Prize at BMA Patient Information Awards for STH and HCS collaboration

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Human Communication Science experts in aphasia have produced a leaflet for people with swallowing problems after stroke, which has won First Prize in the Easy Read Category at the recent BMA Patient Information Awards.

Sabrina Eltringham worked in collaboration with Caroline Haw to develop an information leaflet for people with aphasia who experience swallowing problems after a stroke. The leaflet was designed to be accessible to people with aphasia, in line with the Stroke Association’s Accessible Information Guidelines, which were produced by Ruth Herbert, Caroline Haw, Catherine Brown, and Emma Gregory at HCS.

The leaflet explains how to make a drink to the consistency recommended by a speech and language therapist after their assessment of a person's swallow. The team produced three leaflets for each of the different drinking consistencies based on the National Descriptors for thickened fluids. Janet Walmsley (Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist & Aphasia Centre Clinical Lead) runs the Aphasia Centre in HCS, and she then facilitated people with aphasia to review the resources and give feedback. Finally the Patient Partnership and Medical Illustration departments in STH produced the definitive versions.

This was a truly collaborative and evidence-based process. The leaflets were submitted for the BMA Patient Information Awards, where they were awarded First Prize in the Easy Read category on Monday 18th September at a ceremony at the BMA in London. This is a major achievement, recognising the importance of the specific information needs of people with aphasia.

Photo of Caroline, Janet and Sabrina receiving their award from Prof Sir John Temple, BMA President

Photo shows Dr Caroline Haw, Janet Walmsley and Sabrina Eltringham receiving their award from Professor Sir John Temple, BMA President.