CEO of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists comes to Cumbria

In May 64 Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants from the trust gathered together to listen to Kamini Gadhok, CEO of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) as she presented an overview of what the RCSLT has to offer members and the national picture with regard to speech and language therapy. Steven Harulow, Communications Manager, RCSLT attended and updated members on developments with website. Kamini and Steven lead discussions about what we will do in Cumbria to drive the profession forward.

The occasion also marked the retirement of Tessa Pemberton, Adult Team Leader in the South of the county, Tessa trained 39 years ago when local health boards paid for your training. She has spent most of her career in Lancashire and Cumbria and has been a passionate advocate for the professions locally and in the North West. Tessa has also been the professional lead for Adult and Children’s SLT in Cumbria for the past three years and will be missed as a sensible thinker, putting patients and service delivery at the centre at the heart of decision making, supporting staff with professional development and not being afraid to shout up when there have been issues which have needed to be raised with management.

Tessa was presented with gifts to mark her retirement and Sian Carlton, Speech and Language Therapist gave a speech including anecdotes from many who had worked with Tessa over the years, plenty of them inviting her for coffee and a catch up when she retires!

The afternoon was organised by Lindsay King and was the first time for many years that all the SLT’s came together as a whole service group.

Main picture is L to R Kamini, Tessa, Sian, Lindsay and Steven

Pictured here are Speech & Language Therapists from CPFT