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SCTCI (Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired)

WESTMARC, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51 4TF
Tel:  
0141 201 2619
Contact:  
Janet Scott
Email:  
Service
Area covered 

Scotland

Population served 

All ages (children and adults), all abilities/disabilities.

Scale 

Approximately 150 assessments per year.

Services provided 

Assessment – provided on an outreach basis – this is our main activity. Assessments are carried out over several visits in the client's locality, and involve the client him/herself, their family and other carers, education staff (if a child), and any other relevant professionals involved with the client.

Training and education – we run courses both at SCTCI and on an outreach basis.

Loan – our loan bank of equipment is for assessment only – we use this equipment in our assessments, we lend as part of our assessments – and we can also lend simpler communication aids to local therapists/teachers to allow them to carry out their own assessments without needing to refer to SCTCI. Our standard loan period is 4 weeks.

Provision – we do not have a budget to provide equipment for individuals on a longer term basis.

Research and development – we are involved in a range of both formal and less formal research and development activities.

Staffing 

2 x full-time speech and language therapists, 1 x full-time clinical technologist, 0.9 x support worker (clinical and admin role)

Funded by 

NHS – contracted by 10 NHS Boards

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Year set up 

1987

Referral process 

Referral is via our referral form. The majority of referrals come via local speech and language therapy services (over 80%). We aim to initiate all assessments within 12 weeks of receipt of the referral form; we operate a prioritisation system for the most urgent referrals.