Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
I graduated from Lancaster University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology, and following this I worked privately as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant with young people with Autism. I studied for my MSc Language Pathology at Newcastle University from 2007-2009, and this is where my passion for working with voice disorders (Dysphonia) and swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia) began.
My career began as an Acute Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) in 2010 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This entailed working across a variety of different specialisms giving me a broad range of knowledge. This included working with: ENT/Voice, Head and neck cancer, Respiratory medicine and Intensive care, Oncology, Neurology, Stroke and Older people’s medicine.
I started working at West Suffolk Hospital in 2013 and set-up the SALT voice service, which I still currently manage. I am used to dealing with a wide range of voice conditions, including muscle tension dysphonia, vocal fold palsy and seeing patients pre- and post-phonosurgery. I have established strong links with ENT, working very closely with them participating in fortnightly Joint Voice Clinics. I am a member of the London Voice Clinical Excellence Network and of the British Voice Association.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my Husband and our dog, especially going on long walks in the countryside or at the coast. My other interests include socialising with friends, cooking, and dressmaking.