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A Royal Zoom call

06 Jan 2021 14:29:00
Zoom call screen grab

Two of our Speech and Language Therapists have taken part in a Zoom call with a member of the Royal family as part of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. 

Rachel Radford, Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, and Rebekah Davies, Digital Health Clinical Lead/ HCPC and Speech and Language Therapist, were invited to take part in the panel of therapists for showing leadership in the field of telehealth. 

They were joined on the Zoom call by the College’s patron, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, who spoke to the small group and heard about their experiences during the Covid period. 

Rachel said: “It was an absolute honour and a total surprise to be asked to be part of the panel and a privilege to be alongside therapists from across the UK who have shown leadership in their field, particularly in this challenging year. The Countess of Wessex was encouraging, interested and keen to highlight the amazing achievements of the Speech and Language Profession in The RCSLT’s 75th year. It was a real highlight in a tough but innovative year of surprising opportunities. I was so proud to represent all that SLTs in TRFT have achieved.” 

The conversation, which was held virtually via Zoom, covered a wide range of topics, including members’ work with Covid-19 patients, telehealth, diversity within the profession and the importance of good leadership. 

Rebekah said: “For me, it was such a privilege as an SLT working in Health Informatics to have an opportunity to raise, recognise and reflect on the significance of digital practice in speech and language therapy, not just in Rotherham but as part of the wider digital agenda nationally and, how we have helped inform and innovate changes in practice, paving the way to support and meet the future digital needs of the profession.  

“HRH The Countess of Wessex was knowledgeable, insightful and appreciative of our profession and it was so humbling to feel recognised and acknowledged for work we are so passionate about. It will certainly stay with me as a career highlight as I continue my journey in digital health.” 

During the call, the Countess said as patron, she was incredibly proud of the part that speech and language therapists have played in supporting their colleagues. She said: “Speech and language therapists are a particular breed – very caring and very empathetic – so I’m not surprised at all that they’ve stepped up and have had to perform all sorts of different roles because that’s exactly the people that speech and language therapists are, eminently adaptable to all sorts of situations.” 

You can watch the entire call on YouTube here.