In recent weeks, the speech and language therapy profession has been navigating new ways of working and adapting to deliver services differently. We appreciate that these changes have resulted in added pressures on services, but we would really encourage services to continue to collect data routinely on the individuals accessing speech and language therapy, as collecting and analysing outcomes data has become all the more important. The data will be critical in helping us to understand the impact of COVID-19 on services and the people who access them. In particular, speech and language therapy services that were collecting outcomes data prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 and have continued to do so are in a really good position to compare the outcomes over time as we move through the different phases of the pandemic.
Users of the RCSLT Online Outcome Tool will have noticed that the tool has been updated in recent weeks to enable speech and language therapy services to collect additional data, where relevant, to assist with evaluating outcomes data for individuals with confirmed and suspected COVID-19. The updates include an additional field to record the COVID-19 status of individuals, and a set of extra fields relevant to the management of individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Further information about this is available here.
We appreciate that these are challenging times, but would encourage services to continue to collect this really valuable data. For enquiries about the work, and for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pamela Enderby and Alexandra John
The Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) allows professionals from many disciplines working in health, social care and education to describe the relative abilities and
difficulties of a patient/client in the four domains of impairment, activity, participation and wellbeing in order to monitor changes over time.
TOM has been rigorously tested for reliability and clinical validity. It is quick and simple to use, taking just a few minutes to complete, and is used for treatment planning,
clinical management, audit and research. It allows for the aggregations of data so that comparisons can be made for the purposes of internal and external benchmarking.