Bev Curtis, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has recently been awarded a Fellowship by the Bevan Commission, to progress her work on developing a Paediatric Dysphagia outcome measurement tool.
Bevan Fellows are healthcare professionals, clinicians and doctors in training who bridge clinical services, academia and practical application by developing and delivering proposals that address and support local health needs, improve clinical practice and health outcomes via the practical application of the prudent healthcare principles.
Bev, who works at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, completed an MSc last year and her dissertation subject was developing a therapy outcome measurement scale for children who have difficulties eating, drinking and swallowing. The scale will enable therapists to measure the progress a child makes as a result of the advice and support given.
There is currently no agreed outcome measure for children with EDS difficulties. Bev’s work will enable speech and language therapists to gather evidence to ensure that high quality, effective care is provided, and will support future research. She will be presenting this work at the Dysphagia Research Society conference in San Diego, in March 2019.
Rachel Burton, Director of Operations for the Children and Women’s Clinical Board said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Bev on being awarded this three year Bevan Fellowship for her work on developing a Paediatric Dysphagia Therapy Outcome Measurement tool.
“This is a highly prestigious award within the NHS in Wales which also attracts some funding for the project. This is brilliant news for the service and for the profession as a whole in Wales.”
Siôn Charles, Deputy Director of the Bevan Commission said: “We are delighted to welcome Bev Curtis as Bevan Fellow and look forward to working with her to support her vital work in paediatric dysphagia. Our Bevan Fellows work over longer periods of time to hone in on an area of health and care expertise, and work with colleagues in academia and clinical services, as well as patients, to explore this area and advance new approaches. We are excited to see how Bev’s work develops over the next three years and look forward to sharing her progress.”