HMR Children's Speech and Language Therapy

Update on service

Due to the Covid-19 situation we are not currently seeing children and families face-to-face. All appointments are currently cancelled. Please do not attend clinic with your child.

All our team are currently working from home. We are making every effort to contact families and carry out phone appointments and reviews where possible. Some of the team are using video conferencing software to contact families. If you need to speak to a member of the team, please call 01706 676 777 to leave a message. Our admin team will forward the message to us and we will ring you back as soon as we can.

Some of our team have been re-deployed to carry out other roles within the NHS to support the Covid-19 situation. All re-deployment roles are part-time and therefore our team is still available.

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We provide:

  • Triage of new requests for the service
  • Advice on speech, language and communication in children and young people
  • Sign posting and referral to other services such as audiology and community paediatrics and Charitable organisations such as Barnardos
  • Assessment of a child or young person's speech, language and communication skills
  • Evidence-based group and individual therapy for speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Advice and therapy programmes that are carried out with the child or young person by parent(s)/carers and teaching staff
  • Formal reports on children's and young people's SLCN, as required

Advice and support is available in the family's home language including:

  • English
  • Pakistani heritage language (Mirpuri, Punjabi or Urdu)
  • Bangladeshi heritage languages (Sylheti or Standard Bangla)
  • Other languages (via interpreters)

The service is delivered in a variety of community locations including:


  • Croft Shifa Health Centre
  • Nye Bevan House
  • Ings Lane Clinic

Heywood and Middleton

  • Langley Health Centre
  • Callaghan House (Departmental Base)
  • Phoenix Centre


Littleborough Health Centre

For children with long-term SLCN a service is delivered in schools in cooperation with school staff.

We comprise the following:

  • Short-term speech, language and communication needs (community clinics), including specialist bilingual staff
  • Long-term speech, language and communication needs (schools and special schools)

Specialist staff:

  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Social Communication Difficulties
  • Dysfluency (stammering)
  • Hearing impairment
  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing)

    Please see the following websites for general advice and information on speech, language and communication needs (SLCN):

We are part of the Children’s  Acute and Ongoing Needs Service (CAONS), which launched in September 2016. Click here to find out more about the CAONS.

The CAONS include a number of specialisms for children and young people (details via above link) and all can be accessed via a Single Point of Access (contact details below).

The address provided below is a central hub for all specialisms, however we provide services at a range of community-based venues. 

Contact information

Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service
Callaghan House
Cross Street
OL10 2DY

Tel: 01706 676 777

Fax: 0207 019 7419

Parking Available: Yes

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

Referral methods

  • Self referral
  • GP
  • Health professional
  • Social care professional
  • Teaching Staff