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BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy, Full Member of Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)
I qualified in 2003 from UCL (University College London) and my career has expanded nearly 20 years, serving the clinical field of neurological rehabilitation. My specialist interest has been treating acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, progressive conditions and neuro-acute deficits. I have worked extensively in both acute and rehabilitation environments which has allowed an in depth understanding of an individual’s immediate and long term communication, cognitive and swallow needs.
I have worked in both the NHS and independent sector, holding specialist posts at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital as the lead for dysphagia (swallow disorders), lead clinician for neuro-rehabilitation at the Alderbourne Rehab Unit and lead therapist for Stroke in the community for Surrey and Buckinghamshire. At present, I work as the Consulting Clinical Lead at a private rehabilitation hospital (Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital) treating individuals with complex neurological and spinal cord injuries. This involves managing complex cognitive-communication difficulties, tracheostomy swallow needs and assistive technology to support communication.
I am a member of the International Brain Injury Association, the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum and the Dysphagia Research Society. I am an active member of the AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) clinical group and regularly present at conferences promoting technology to support communication.
I have worked as an expert witness with Somek & Associates since 2010 and take regular instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors. I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses. In 2016, I was appointed associate trainer and led the development of the expert speech and language therapy team. I have had several articles published in the Expert Witness Journal promoting important issues related to cognitive-communication difficulties and using technology to deliver assessments.