Joanne Clayton
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      • Speech and Language Therapist
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    Joanne Clayton

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Qualifications

    BSc Clinical Language Sciences, MPhil Faculty of Medicine

    Specialisms

    • ENT
    • Communication
    • Swallowing disorders

    Introduction

    I qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 1990 and have since gained a broad range of clinical experience. I have fifteen years’ experience working with adults with acute and chronic neurological deficits and seven years working with voice disorders and Head & Neck cancers, managing communication and swallowing disorders following surgery and/or chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

    In 2005 I completed an MPhil in Geriatric Medicine with a research project looking at the assessment of swallowing disorders in stroke patients and published my findings in a peer reviewed medical journal. I was also co-author on another publication exploring the use of botox in the treatment of cricopharyngeal spasm.

    I am currently employed as a Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in the ENT department of a large University Teaching Hospital. I have comprehensive experience of working with adults with neurological conditions such as stroke, MND, MS and Parkinsons Disease and of ENT disorders such as dysphonia, vocal cord palsy, tracheostomy, laryngectomy and Head & Neck cancer. I also assess and treat patients with respiratory disorders, vocal cord dysfunction and critical care illness.

    My Specialist skills include dysphagia management, Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), videofluoroscopy, and Surgical Voice Restoration (SVR), including the management of Provox and Blom-Singer speaking valves. I also assess voice disorders in a Voice Clinic run jointly with an ENT consultant.

    In my role I have had to present to large groups of medical staff on a range of Speech and Language Therapy topics and have produced Dysphagia advice leaflets which sold throughout the country. I have taught and presented on national FEES courses. Furthermore, I have been employed on a sessional basis by three local health authorities to provide specialist cover and supervision for therapists developing skills in FEES or Head & Neck management.

    I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
    • I am registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
    • I am a member of the Head & Neck SIG (North)

    Professional Education
    1990    BSc Clinical Language Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University
    2005    MPhil Faculty of Medicine     Liverpool University