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MRes Communication Disorders, BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences, Full Member of Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)
I qualified as a speech and language therapist (SLT) in 2003 from University College London and have spent 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 and complex neurological conditions.
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 NHS and private healthcare 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.
Currently, I am a partner at Arbor Neurorehabilitation Services where I work full time in independent practice. At Arbor, I am the clinical lead speech and language therapist within this Bristol-based, community service. I am actively involved in regular CPD and provide clinical supervision to junior therapists. I am the chair of the South West Brain Injury Clinical Excellence Network, and organise two specialist study days a year as well as online events for SLTs working with adults with brain injury in the South West.
I have undertaken data analysis work at the SLT Research Unit at Southmead Hospital, Bristol resulting in the publication in a peer viewed journal (2019; see publications). In 2020 I completed a Master of Research (MRes: Communication Disorders) degree at Plymouth Marjon University, with the focus of my studies on speech and language therapy provision within neurorehabilitation services available to adults with traumatic brain injury across the South West region of the United Kingdom, and group therapy for adults with social communication difficulties post brain injury. I was awarded a Pre-Doctoral Research Award (2020) from the National Institute of Health Research within my NHS role, which allowed 6-months of funded time to prepare a research proposal focused on development of an early supported discharge service within my clinical team.
I am a visiting lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University for the undergraduate SLT course, lecturing around topics related to speech and language therapy within neurorehabilitation for adults with brain injury and regularly provide student placements at this institution.
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.