TOMs CONNECT is where you start to learn more about the Therapy Outcome Measures. Here you will find a summary about the TOMs, details of the training, some articles describing how it is being used, along with information on the training available. Use the TOMs CONNECT menu to find further details of how services across the UK are using TOMs, via a mixture of conference presentations and dynamic poster presentations.

The Therapy Outcome Measure

The Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) is an outcome measure that allows professionals from many disciplines working in health, social care and education to describe the relative abilities and difficulties of a patient/client in the four domains of ‘impairment’, ‘activity’, ‘participation’ and ‘wellbeing’ in order to monitor changes over time. TOM has been rigorously tested for reliability and clinical validity. It is quick and simple to use, taking just a few minutes to complete, and is used for treatment planning, clinical management, audit and research. It allows for the aggregation of data so that comparisons can be made for the purposes of internal and external benchmarking.

You learn more about the TOMs from this short series of slides put together by Prof Pam Enderby and available from here.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and TOM

Following an indepth analysis of outcome measures, the RCSLT have embarked on an innovative and ambitious project to support speech and language therapists with delivering and measuring effective outcomes. Using the Therapy Outcome Measure.

You can read more about this project from here

To read the view of RCSLT on the TOM in an article published in January 2015 in the SLT Bulletin click here.

Therapy Outcome Measure for AAC

Read an article published in the Sept 15 issue of the SLT Bulletin which describes the potential for using TOM in Augmentative and Alternative Communication – click here.

Therapy Outcome Measure and Dysphagia

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, SLT bulletin recently published an article (Feb 2016) where Prof Pam Enderby discusses the use of the TOM in acute dysphagia. To read the article click here

Learning how to use the TOMs

Led by Professor Pam Enderby, this workshop provides participants with a grounding in the key drivers behind the implementation of outcome measures across the NHS. It will set out the core principles behind the development of the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) and how to use for collecting and measuring outcomes data on clients receiving treatments. The day includes both theoretical and practical components.

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TOMs – Train the Trainers

Once you have completed the standard one day TOMs training course, you may want to think about becoming a trainer so that you can extend the reach of the TOMs across your Trust or organisation.

This half day train course is designed for those professionals, who wish to gain the required skills and knowledge that enables them to become skilled TOMs trainers in order to run TOM workshops across their service. Resources are provided for the Trainers to support their training.

The delegate fee is £245, which covers the license for you to provide TOMs training across your organisation/Trust as well access to online resources, to which we have recently added a series of video modules based on the basic TOMs training.

Details of the next Train the trainer course will be posted on the events page of the website. If you are interested to be booked onto a future course please email info@communitytherapy.org.uk.

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