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Consultancy

Do you need support to help develop your workforce and service?

We can support you with:

  • Service development - design and delivery of long-term services
  • Enhancing the communication skills of your workforce
  • Improving the accessibility of your documents and environments 
  • Service user and carer consultation and involvement - in planning and delivering services, in research or running information events
  • Meeting the Quality Markers of the National Stroke Strategy

We offer tailored training, mentoring, innovative resources, tried and tested service models, workshops and events. All of our work is in collaboration with people with aphasia, the real experts.

For more information on Connect consultancy, email Helen Mann or call her on 020 7367 0864

Our clients include:

  • We were commissioned by the Department of Health to support them to seek the views of people with aphasia about the National Stroke Strategy. 
  • Connect has worked with Barking and Dagenham who wanted support to gain the views of people with communication disability in order to be able to design and deliver services that meet the needs of the whole community.
  • We worked alongside Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network to train people with aphasia how to give constructive feedback and training to staff on communication skills.
  • We worked with Donnybrook Hospital, Dublin to improve communication access for all their staff from the senior management team to catering staff and department receptionists.
  • We worked with two national health regulatory bodies to make their complaints leaflet more accessible.   One of the regulatory bodies commented that 'The manner in which Connect conveyed its views was objective, encouraging and constructive. It is much easier to implement changes when workable solutions are offered – and this you did',
  • Connect has worked with Northumbria Healthcare to enable them to roll out a programme of one day events. 
  • Connect worked with 'Stepping Out' a self-management programme for people who have had a stroke and their carers to make their written documents for people with communication disability clear and accessible.

Interested but need to discuss this with others? Print off our consultancy leaflet for more information.

Connect consultancy information (539 kb)

Life after Stroke and Befriending

We presented our work at the UK Stroke Forum conference in Harrogate in December 2008. Here are two posters about our 'Life after Stroke' work in the Access to Life Project in Cornwall and our 'Befriending' work in London and Cornwall. Download your own copy here.

Life after Stroke December 2008 (3578 kb)

Befriending December 2008 (3977 kb)

Some of the work includes:

  • The Department of Health
  • The Stroke Improvement Group
  • Healthcare for London
  • Barking and Dagenham Council
  • Lambeth and Southwark Stroke Modernisation Initiative
  • University of East Anglia

'The experience of working with advisors from Connect, enabled and supported us to completely rethink the communication accessibility of our Stroke workbook. The skills of the facilitators and advisors from Connect were invaluable to us.'

Dr Fiona Jones, Physiotherapist, St Georges Hospital, Tooting

'Our team have been inspired by the excellent training provided by Connect…we feel we have been given the necessary skills and confidence to ensure this effective initiative will be sustainable in the long term. Above all, we've had the opportunity to listen and learn about the real benefits of taking the time to create an environment where people with stroke can support each other, and find their own solutions' 

Annie Laverty, Clinical Lead for Stroke, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

'I have been powerfully influenced… it has changed my way of thinking about aphasia, and inspired me to develop my practice'

Alex Stirling, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Manchester Metropolitan University