There are no intensive communication groups available to people with aphasia in Scotland at the moment.

Queen Margaret University received funding (£35,000) from the Headley Trust to investigate the feasibility of developing a model for people with aphasia as a result of a stroke. Following the success of the pilot the Headley Trust awarded a further £75k over three years to develop the model further.

The project also gives QMU an opportunity to investigate how this could support the University to provide students with scarce adult clinical placements and opportunities for meaningful interdisciplinary working.

Please see below for more about the background to the project.

Background to the ICGA project

Scoping exercise (March – May 2012). This influenced the development of the programme and helped establish essential partnerships with NHS and third sector colleagues.

An innovative and successful pilot programme was run from May-August 2013. Click here to read the report and the appendices.

Research Project Team

Jocelynne Watson, Principal Investigator

Amanda Bennett, Joint Therapy Lead

Tricia Mitchell, Joint Therapy Lead

ICGA Programme

This was run as a research project with multi site ethics and Research and Development approval being sought from three Health Boards (Borders, Forth Valley and Lothian) surrounding QMU.

Based on the results of everyone’s evaluation of the pilot project, we made several amendments to the programme.

Click here for ICGA 2014 project report which outlines the changes made and recommendations for future models. Click here for the 2014 report appendices.

Contact: Dr Jocelynne Watson