The Better Conversations with Aphasia team have been on tour to promote the e-learning resource.  So far the roadshow has been to Belfast, Brighton, Plymouth, London and Manchester. The team hopes to take the roadshow to the Midlands during 2014.  Details of any future roadshows will be added here in due course.

The Better Conversations with Aphasia roadshow is FREE to attend.This half-day Roadshow aims to:

1. provide a snapshot of current clinical views on the use of conversation therapy,

2. provide practical hints and strategies about optimal ways for SLTs to use the Better Conversations with Aphasia learning resource for day to day clinical practice,

3. facilitate each SLT to create a personalised Better Conversations Action Plan for a current clinical case.

Nicola presenting at Brighton team day and therapists trying out the e-learning resource at Plymouth roadshow

Plymouth SLTs

London roadshow: Therapists using the resource and the BCA team off to pub at the end of the day.



( timing may vary depending on location)


2.00 pm Who are we and what is the Better Conversations initiative?

2.20 pm Conversation therapy – your current experiences, challenges and aspirations.

Feedback from a recent on-line survey of SLTs in the South East.

2.50 pm BREAK

3.05 pm Better Conversations with Aphasia – a walk through the learning resource.

3.25 pm Clinical Case Scenarios (small group work) - using the learning resource to work through cases, sharing your experiences, and discussing how you can use the learning resource with your own clients.

4.45 pm Participant self-reflection via the Better Conversations Action Plan, and feedback.


At the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


The Roadshow will address the following frameworks:

1. NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework: Health & Wellbeing with specific relevance for dimensions HWB2, 4, 6 and 7.

2. NHS Outcomes Framework 2013/2014: Domain 2 Enhancing quality of Life for People with Long Term Conditions, specifically improvement areas 2.1, 2.2 and 2.4 and Domain 3 Helping people recover from episodes of ill health or following injury, 3.4

3. Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2013-2014: Domain 1Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs and Domain 2 Delaying and reducing the need for care and support.


Tutors may vary depending on the location of the roadshow.

Dr Suzanne Beeke is an SLT and senior lecturer at UCL. Her research involves using Conversation Analysis to assess and treat people with aphasia, and she is leading the Better Conversations with Aphasia project.

Firle Beckley is a Stroke Association Junior Research Fellow and research associate on the Better Conversations with Aphasia project. Firle has a considerable amount of experience in delivering this type of intervention. She is currently exploring how a person with aphasia’s cognitive profile may influence their ability to learn and use conversational strategies, and which therapeutic tasks are most effective.

Fiona Johnson is a PhD researcher and SLT working within Neuro Rehab. Fiona’s research interests lie in identifying the active ingredients and mechanisms of change with conversation therapy, and in applying the evidence base from behaviour change research to interventions in SLT. Her clinical role is community based, providing rehab to clients with a wide range of long term neurological conditions, including aphasia.

Nicola Sirman is a research assistant on the Better Conversations with Aphasia project and an SLT working in Sussex with adults with acquired neurological conditions. Nicola is currently completing her MSc research project on SLTs’ reported use of conversation therapy and she is also a Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.