Experience in the Philippa Cottam Communication Clinic (PCCC) for PGT Students in the Department of Human Communication Sciences

This is an exciting opportunity to engage in innovative speech and language therapy clinics for Sheffield children and adults with communication impairments, in the Department of Human Communication Sciences (HCS). This rewarding opportunity is open to Post Graduate Taught Students (PGT) in HCS. Students will engage in the clinics, interacting with people (and their family/carers) who have various cognitive and communication difficulties through conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia and children with developmental communication difficulties. Students will be able to participate through observation and/or engaging in therapeutic interactions to facilitate people’s communication competence as well as developing their own confidence and skills in interpersonal relationships, team working and leadership. PGT students will work alongside our BMedSci, MMedSci and BSc students in the department of HCS. The clinics are led by, and all students are supervised by, qualified speech and language therapists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Bench Fee for 2017-18 academic year :

 £286 (PGT students - both home and overseas students)

The following table details the current clinic activities in the department (as at Sept 2017). The staff contact (clinic lead) is given along with the day and time of each clinic as well as the type of student participation available.

Important note:
Please contact Jacqui Watson (jacqui.watson@sheffield.ac.uk) before purchasing any clinic activity to discuss your participation. It is anticipated that a student will participate in no more than 2 clinics per year.

Attendance at a specific clinic is dependent on students’ availability,( i.e., attendance at a clinic should not interfere with students’ timetabled activities as part of their studies and also on availability of student places in the clinics).

NB: All students participating must have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (for overseas students an up to date police check from your home country also will be required.) (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service). Please contact our Clinical Team at the Human Communication Sciences to discuss this (hcs-clinics@sheffield.ac.uk).

Clinic Activity Participation: Students can complete the following (as discussed with the clinic lead) Description of the clinic

Experience in the Memory and Life Story Group

Wednesday afternoons

Clinic Lead: Dr Catherine Tattersall

• Complete training provided by the clinic lead
• Attend a suggested minimum of five clinics in one semester (10 hours)
• Assist with practicalities before and after the group (e.g. room set up & clearance)
• Write clinical notes after the session
The Memory and Life Story Group enables students to increase their skills and confidence in communicating with individuals with dementia and their families/carers. Over the course of one semester, a student can attend induction training and a suggested minimum of five sessions (10 hours) to ensure continuity for the clients and to benefit the student’s learning and experience. Students can also assist with preparations for the group and write clinical notes after sessions dependent on qualifications and previous experience.

Experience in Sheffield Small Talk

Tuesday mornings

Clinic Lead: Dr Judy Clegg

• Complete induction/training as specified by the clinic lead
• Attend a suggested minimum of four sessions (12 hours)
• Assist with practicalities before and after the group (e.g. room set up & clearance)
• Write clinical notes after the session
Sheffield Small Talk is a parent/carer support group for pre-school children with speech, language and communication needs. Students are able to work with the children on their speech, language and communication targets. Students can attend a suggested minimum of four sessions (12 hours) and can assist with preparations for the Group and write clinical notes after sessions.

Experience in the Parkinson’s Voice Volume Clinic

Friday afternoons

Clinic Leads: Dr Kate Trott and Carla Rohde

• Complete introductory induction session as specified by the clinic lead
• Attend a minimum of a block of five sessions over consecutive weeks (suggested minimum of 15 hours)
• Assist with practicalities before and after the group (e.g. room set up & clearance)
• Write clinical notes after the session as appropriate.
• Contribute to briefing sessions.
The Parkinson’s Voice Volume Clinic is for adult clients who have neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, and focuses on enabling clients to maintain their speech, voice volume and talking. With tutor support, students will take responsibility for selected weekly activities, mainly in a group setting with clients, but also involving some individual work.

Experience in the Student Led Dysarthria Group

Wednesday mornings

Clinic Lead: Dr Catherine Tattersall

• Complete introductory induction session as specified by the clinic lead
• Attend a suggested minimum of three sessions in one semester (minimum of 10 hours)
The Student-Led Dysarthia Group is for adult clients who have motor speech disorders (e.g. dysarthria and/or apraxia of speech). The clinic focuses on enabling clients to improve/maintain their speech and talking through group activities developed and led by students. Student work in groups of 2-3 with other students without direct support from the clinic lead, unless required.

Experience in the Aphasia Communication Centre

Thursdays

Clinic Leads: Dr Ruth Herbert and Janet Walmsley

• Complete introductory induction session as specified by the clinic lead
• Attend a suggested minimum of five consecutive clinics in one semester (minimum of 15 hours)
• Assist with practicalities before and after the group (e.g. room set up & clearance)
• Write clinical notes after the session as appropriate.
• Contribute to be-briefing sessions.
The Aphasia Communication centre is for adults with aphasia. Students can attend for a suggested minimum of five consecutive weeks (15 hours) within the semester. This provides continuity for the clients and students.