I qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy in 1996 and have worked in a range of NHS, specialist rehabilitation settings and residential homes since that time. I have many years’ experience of working with multidisciplinary teams including physiotherapists, nurses and rehab assistants and have held lead roles in coordinating and managing services.
I undertook a PhD into the design and validation of a swallow screening tool for acute stroke patients in 2006 and have won a number of national awards for innovative care and research. I have also represented my profession at a UK level for the development of evidence based National Guidelines including the 2013 NICE Stroke Rehabilitation Guidelines and was previously a National adviser for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
TrainingI have worked collaboratively with the voluntary sector to train and develop competencies for rehabilitation support workers and volunteers and have spent many years training nurses, allied health professionals and clients in various aspects of communication, voice and dysphagia within the NHS, nursing homes, rehab centres and at conferences. I can provide training on communication, voice feminisation, therapy techniques, environmental enrichment to promote language recovery as well as awareness training in dysphagia (impaired swallowing).
Medico-LegalI have many years experience of working with case workers and Law firms to assess clients needs, provide professional reports, offer expert opinion and provide therapy. I can provide medico-legal reports on many areas of speech, language, communication and swallowing for adults.
I am passionate about what I do and ensure therapy is client centred, collaborative and empowering. My sessions are relaxed and informal and tailored to what you need. I am happy to discuss your concerns and agree a plan. Feel free to contact me using the contact form, phone or email as listed.
I am a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council.