A SPEECH and language therapist from South Yorkshire has beaten competition from across the country to land an award recognising the difference she has made to the lives of patients who have suffered a stroke.
Gemma Morgan, who works for the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, scooped The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Award.
The judges agreed Gemma demonstrated tireless commitment to raising the quality of care for people experiencing difficulties after a stroke.
She received particular praise for her Communication Partners project - an initiative she developed which trains speech and language therapy students and volunteers to hold supported conversations with stroke survivors who have communication difficulties.
The 29-year-old was nominated by stroke survivor Christine Welburn, who was initially unable to speak, read, write or follow instructions.
Now, 18 months on and with the help of Gemma’s project, she has made a remarkable recovery - speaking in full sentences and gaining back some of her confidence.
Gemma said: “I am so overwhelmed and proud to have won this award. It is recognition for what the stroke survivors, volunteers and staff involved in the project have achieved. Not only have we been able to help them improve their communication, but they are meeting new people, taking up new activities, becoming more sociable and increasing their confidence.”