Delivering early language screening and intervention at scale – CAMHS around the Campfire


Event type Live Stream

Live stream via Zoom.
17.00 UK, 18.00 CET, 12 noon Eastern Time

Gillian West

For this session we are pleased to welcome Gillian West, post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, to discuss her JCPP paper First published: 30 March 2021

Authors: Gillian West, Margaret J. Snowling, Arne Lervåg, Elizabeth Buchanan-Worster, Mihaela Duta, Alexandra Hall, Henrietta McLachlan, Charles Hulme

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About the session

A panel, comprising paper author Gillian West, independent expert Professor Courtenay Norbury, and a lived experience perspective, will discuss the research and its implications with Douglas Badenoch. This discussion will be facilitated by Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).


Slides from the session

About #CAMHScampfire

ACAMH’s vision is to be ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, to this end in December 2020 we launched ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’, a free monthly virtual journal club, run in conjunction with André Tomlin. We use #CAMHScampfire on Twitter to amplify the discussion.

Each 1-hour meeting features a new piece of research, which we discuss in an informal journal club session. The focus is on critical appraisal of the research and implications for practice. Primarily targeted at CAMHS practitioners, and researchers, ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’ will be publicly accessible, free to attend, and relevant to a wider audience.

Previous sessions are listed in our Talks & Lectures section.

About the panel

Gillian West
Gillian West

Gillian is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Education working with Professor of Psychology and Education, Charles Hulme.

Recent projects include an EEF-funded randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) in 200 primary schools across the UK. Watch a video of an intervention session in action on the recent trial here.

She is currently working on the development and evaluation via RCT of an early language enrichment programme for children in nursery and the development and standardisation of the LanguageScreen app, which assesses a range of language skills in young children.

Gillian completed her PhD at UCL under the supervision of Professors Charles Hulme and David Shanks. Her research combined an interest in both memory and language, investigating the relationship between procedural and declarative memory processes and language-related attainment in children. Bio and image via Dept of Education, University of Oxford

Professor Courtenay Norbury

Professor Courtenay Norbury

Courtenay Norbury is Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication at Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London. She is the Director of the Literacy, Language and Communication (LiLaC) Lab and a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

She obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, working with Professor Dorothy Bishop on the overlapping language profiles that characterise autism spectrum disorder and ‘specific’ language impairment. Professor Norbury’s current research focuses on language disorders and how language interacts with other aspects of development. She is leading SCALES, a population study of language development and disorder from school entry. She is also a founding member of the RADLD campaign.

Follow on Twitter @lilacCourt

Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He’s worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service. The Mental Elf is a blogging platform that presents expert summaries of the latest reliable research and disseminates this evidence across social media. They have published thousands of blogs over the last 10 years, written by experts and discussed by patients, practitioners and researchers. This innovative digital platform helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!
Follow on Twitter @Mental_Elf

Douglas Badenoch
Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I’ve been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.