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BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2003 from University College London and have spent the majority of my career specialising in neurological rehabilitation. I have gained significant experience assessing and managing adults with complex communication and swallowing difficulties as a result of acquired or traumatic brain injury, Cerebrovascular Accident, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia.
I have specialist clinical knowledge for formal and informal assessment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders, and am skilled in the subsequent development and delivery of therapy management plans which may be impairment, activity or participation based. I have experience of working in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, nursing homes, stroke rehabilitation units, outpatient & community services, and within a specialist brain injury inpatient neurorehabilitation centre.
I have worked with clients who have presented with a range of functioning - from those with severe global language and cognitive difficulties, to those returning to their vocation or education, forming effective therapeutic relationships. This has included working closely with family, carers, support workers and independent therapists.
In 2005 I completed an MSc module in the assessment and management of adults with dysphagia, which allowed me to work independently and autonomously within the field of acquired swallowing disorders. I currently work as the lead Speech and Language Therapist at the Head Injury Therapy Unit, Bristol.
In order to develop my specialist knowledge within the field of brain injury, in 2016 I completed an MSc module at Newcastle University in cognitive-linguistic communication disorders in traumatic brain injury: Advanced theory and practice. This work has led to me actively seeking research opportunities within the SLT Research Unit at Southmead Hospital, Bristol where I have undertaken data analysis work under the guidance of a senior researcher.
I am actively involved in regular CPD activities and supervision, and take the role of clinical educator for SLT students during their clinical placements at the unit, which is part of the degree programme at the College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth. I am the chair of the South West Brain Injury Clinical Excellence Network, and this involves organising two specialist study days a year for SLTs working in the field of adult brain injury within the South West.
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.