Speech and Language Therapist Stephanie wins national award
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has presented Stephanie Burgess, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, with a national Giving Voice Award.
Stephanie was recognised for her outstanding skills in raising awareness of how speech and language therapy transforms lives.
The annual Giving Voice Awards celebrate those who have campaigned to highlight how speech and language therapy transforms lives. They are presented to individuals and organisations that have made particularly valuable contributions to improving the lives of people with communication and/or swallowing needs.
The judges were impressed with how Stephanie penned a poem about the role of speech and language therapists and secured key influencers, including broadcaster and actor Sir Michael Palin CBE, and comedians Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley) and Nina Conti, to deliver it via video.
The video conveyed a powerful message about how speech and language therapists help people with communication and swallowing difficulties in a creative and sustainable format. The video was viewed online over 6,500 times, and widely shared across social media.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO DStJ attended The Giving Voice Awards, as Patron of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, on 25 September 2019 at Council House, Nottingham.
Stephanie Burgess, Speech and Language Therapist and Specialist in Stammering at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“I am hugely grateful to Alison for nominating me for a Giving Voice award. I wrote my poem in order to raise awareness of the amazing and vital work that Speech and Language Therapists do, and to flag up the potentially devastating impact of communication difficulties on people’s lives. I was delighted that Michael Palin, Nina Conti and Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy) lent their voices to the poem. The response to it has been incredible, both from within the profession and from those people who have reason to be grateful to SLTs for the support they have given them.”
“I was thrilled to receive the award from HRH Countess of Wessex at a wonderful celebratory evening, where it was lovely to meet other award-winners and celebrate the achievements of people working hard to raise the profile of our profession. I hope that my poem will help people to better understand what it is that we do and how important it is that Speech and Language Therapy services are properly valued and funded.”