I graduated with BSC (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 1997.
Following graduation, I worked for the NHS as a general paediatric Speech and Language Therapist in community clinics and special schools.
In 2000 I volunteered with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), where I spent 2 years as a Speech and Language Therapist in a multi-disciplinary early detection centre in Bandung, Indonesia. I was privileged over this time to work with and train some incredible people. I also developed my clinical skills working with a wide range of children.
On my return in 2002 I started working at a leading charity for children with brain injury and neuro disability. I was part of the team there for 16 years, the final 3 as Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy.
In this post I developed specialist skills in working with children who have speech, language, communication and eating and drinking needs as a result of a range of neurological impairments including acquired brain injury.
I have had extensive post graduate training including but not limited to:
Post basic and advanced dysphagia
Working with children who have a tracheostomy
Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques (SMART) for adults in a disorder of consciousness.
I have been fortunate to work with incredible families as part of a large multi-disciplinary team which has cemented my view that the best results are when a team works together to maximise a child's potential within a familiar and meaningful context.
Other skills and experience include:
Provision of internal and external training
Leading in service development and policies
Supervision of the Speech and Language Therapy Team
Provision of training packages overseas in India and Abu Dhabi
Chairing and case management