Working as an SLT in clinical practice is hectic. Our caseloads and waiting lists are often hefty and weigh on our minds from the moment we start off from home to get to work to the moment we get home from work (and often haunt us in the middle of the night when we suddenly think about poor Mr Smith who really needs a review). We want resources that are quick and accessible, and yet evidence based and effective. Then along comes a resource like Better Conversations. “What a relief it’s free AND evidence based!” we shriek. But is it really that helpful? What bits of it do we actually use? What bits of it are actually the most helpful?
We want to evaluate the impact of Better Conversations with Aphasia (BCA) on the clinical practice of SLTs. BCA currently has 6300+ registered users, worldwide. We are starting with SLT users who are practising in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We want to know how you are using the resource, and its impact on you and the services you provide. It is really important for researchers to know the impact their resources have on SLTs’ everyday practice. If we know what works we can make more of it, and if we know what needs changing we can make sure we do that.
To this end we are disseminating a survey for SLTs to complete:
The results of this survey will be presented and published and will help us with future research to directly address the practice-evidence gap by exploring the barriers and supports to implementing BCA in daily clinical practice. We want to build a community of practice – a clinical academic alliance to develop an intervention that is usable and useful. We need your help!
The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete AND you can choose to go into a prize draw for a £30 Amazon gift voucher!
If you need any more convincing I thought I would borrow 7 reasons for doing the BCA survey from a recent blog I read by Madeline Cruice https://blogs.city.ac.uk/luna/2018/11/08/why-it-matters-to-find-the-time-to-complete-the-luna-slt-survey/ . This blog discusses the 7 reasons why we should do surveys based on a recent article by Boaz et al https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/12/e009415.
So here are the 7 reasons for doing the BCA survey (borrowed both in content and sometimes wording from Madeline’s blog):
1. Just being involved in the processes of the research can improve performance, by going online, reading the survey questions, considering the relevance to you and your practice, and how important it is to your clients.
2. Engaging in the survey might change your attitudes or behaviours around communication partner training and using Better Conversations. Doing the survey might prompt a conversation with colleagues about Better Conversations and treatment with clients with aphasia, and you might even decide to follow this up in a future journal club.
3. Completing the survey might help you be more aware and give you more understanding of the specific research findings, when we do start discussing and disseminating these later this year.
4. Completing the survey might make you interested in finding out more about the project, might encourage you to read one of the papers flagged online on our website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/betterconversations/aphasia or ask a question directly to our team: email@example.com
5. Being involved might help you apply the findings of the research more (once they’re out) in your local setting with colleagues and in-service presentations.
6. Being involved is one relatively easy way of keeping up to date with an important and emerging area of rehabilitation research – complete the survey, and then go to our website and subscribe by email for automatic blog postings delivering project updates and relevant information to your preferred inbox.
You can also enter it into your Continuing Professional Development log (win, win!).
7. Finally, the obvious one is that being involved makes the research more relevant for practicing speech and language therapists and for services, which is what we here in the Better Conversations team are all about.
Convinced? So what are you waiting for! Join our BCA community of practice by completing the survey here: https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=59755
This seems like the perfect moment to remind you all about our first ever Better Conversations conference, later this year (November 6/7th) here at UCL, focused on a range of adult work. Look out for the information- or email us and we can send it directly! firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com