I believe that everyone deserves the best chance to improve their swallowing or communication, and I will give you the time and support to do this. I believe that therapy is a partnership, and therefore I will listen to you about your goals, and your wishes, to enable us to plan together how to meet them. If decisions need to be made, we will work through them together to ensure you are comfortable. I have a functional and holistic approach to all aspects of my work.
I am registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), RCSLT (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists) and ASLTIP (Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice).
I have a degree in English Language and Linguistics from Durham University, and I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1999 from Newcastle University, with a Masters degree in Language Pathology.
I am advanced dysphagia qualified and I have completed numerous dysphagia courses during my career.
I am an LSVT certified clinician (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment).
I also hold a counselling skills certificate.
Keeping up to date with developments in my practice is critically important, and my therapy will always be informed by the latest evidence.
With 20 years experience in the NHS prior to setting up my private practice, I have worked in many environments, including acute wards, rehabilitation settings, care homes, hospices and patient's own homes.
I have worked with people with a wide range of neurological conditions, including Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Tumour to name but a few. I have worked with all stages of conditions, from early preventative work through to supporting decision making and communication at the end of life.
I have presented at the International Alliance of ALS and MND Associations AHP Forum on voice banking, and I even made it to the TV talking about this too! I was also a runner up in the HSJ awards in the 'Compassionate Patient Care' category for my work on voice banking in MND.
I have delivered numerous training course on communication, feeding and swallowing to groups with varying amounts of knowledge and experience. I have also delivered specific training on how to support communication during assessments for Mental Capacity.
I have trained other Speech and Language Therapists on topics such as voice banking, and I am passionate about promoting early access to voice banking for all who can benefit from it.
I have also taught on aspects of communication and swallowing to national audiences on behalf of the MND Association.