Bradford Speech and Language Service

Bradford Speech and Language Service


The aims of the Speech and Language Therapy Service are: 

To support people to communicate as effectively as possible at every stage in their lives.

To help people feel as healthy as possible by supporting safe eating and drinking.




Please check here for updates.  Our referral criteria is being updated and new referral forms are on their way.

We hope to offer information and training on the new referral system, please check back for updates.


We are also updating our website so that you can access universal and targeted strategies and interventions to begin support in school.  We have new screening tools, training opportunities and environmental support information available on the website too.


For now, we are still accepting referrals to the service on our existing referral forms as below, however there is a significant delay for provision of support and intervention due to the current situation.  Please ensure that you are implementing universal and targeted strategies and interventions in your settings before considering referral to the service.

We are prioritising high risk referrals so please do let us know if you have significant concerns about a child or young person, particularly if they have:

  • severe, unmet communication needs AND

  • social, emotional or mental health needs  AND/OR

  • safeguarding concerns AND/OR

  • a current Education, Health and Care Plan referral where Speech and Language input is required


Address and contact details for enquiries and referrals


Bradford Speech and Language Service

Physical Health Administration Hub

New Mill

Victoria Road


BD18 3LD

Tel: 01274 221166

Fax: 01274 215660




Email address:  (general enquiries) 

(No reply - for letters and documents regarding patients only):



Referral Form: Please complete and return the form to the above address by fax on 01274 215660 or by emailing

We accept documents secured by Galaxkey on this email address.

Supporting Document for referral form June 2015 - Guidance information re making a referral to our service

Paediatric Speech Therapy Referral Form Pre School Age 2018

Paediatric Speech Therapy Referral From School Age 2018




Paediatric Team Managers

  • Ruth Alderson  (Hearing Impairment Service, Children with ASC)                                   
  • Marnie Crew       (Mainstream Paediatric Services)                                                          
  • Louise McChrystal (Commissioned Services)                                                                   
  • Shirley While (Early Engagement, Special Schools, Children with Complex Health Needs)
Service manager/clinical lead

Commissioned Speech and Language Therapy in your School

Our therapists and assistants are currently commissioned in over 50 settings across Bradford. These include mainstream primary schools, mainstream secondary schools and a range of specialist settings including special schools, Pupil Referral Units and Designated Specialist Provision.

We offer assessment and therapy interventions for children of all ages with speech, language and communication needs at all levels. We also offer training and support for your staff and parents.

Further information can be found on this flyer


Makaton Foundation Workshop

This workshop allows you to learn Makaton with other people who use it within their work, share experiences and practise with others. You will develop a working knowledge of Makaton and learn the signs and symbols for stages 1-4 and Additional stage of the core vocabulary

We also run a Makaton Enhanced Workshop.  This workshop consolidates skills already learned on the Foundation Workshop, and you will develop new skills in translating information using signs and symbols. You will learn Stages 5 - 8 of the Makaton vocabulary.

(NB. accredited trainer for MAKATON Foundation and other workshops as above)

Please contact Bridget Bray, Speech and Language Therapist for further information.                Tel:  01274 221166


Would you like to volunteer with us?

Register your interest by contacting our Volunteer Coordinators at the Trust on


Elklan accredited training courses 

Elklan is an accredited 10 week course delivered by an Elklan trained Speech and Language Therapist and learners are trained to support the communication of all children but especially those with children with speech and language difficulties.  It is accredited through the Open College Network (OCN) at either level 2 or 3.

Core courses available in Bradford are:

  • Speech and language support with under 5's
  • Speech and language support in the classroom 5-11's
  • Speech and language support for 11-16's
  • Speech and language support for verbal children with ASC
  • Speech and language support for children with complex needs

Please contact our the service on 01274 221166 to discuss Elklan training courses and costs.



Please contact the service re bespoke courses we can offer you.  We offer training in all areas of speech, language and communication at very competitive rates.

    We can also offer non accredited training in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Speech and Language Needs (SLCN)
  • Supporting Children with SLCN -Good practice in the mainstream classroom
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Narrative Skills
  • Adult Child Interaction skills
  • Vocabulary development
  • The role of the Speech and Language Therapist
  • You Matter  - Positive ways of using AAC (Alternative/Augmentative Communication)
  • Supporting Children who use High Tech AAC in the classroom
  • Communication Awareness
  • Communicating with Objects
  • Communicating with Pictures
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Maintaining a Healthy Voice
  • Supporting Bilingual Children with Communication Difficulties
  • Understanding Stammering in a Primary/Secondary School Setting
  • Children with Hearing Impairment

Training can also be tailored to the needs of your school and can be delivered on training days or in twilight sessions.

Please contact the team on Tel:  01274 221166 to discuss your needs and costs further.

Voice Workshops

  • Voice improvement and protection and the prevention of common problems associated with classroom teaching

These workshops can be tailored to the specific needs of your school.


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