I am a speech and language therapist with over 20 years' experience in the NHS. I have worked as a specialist speech and language therapist, service manager and student co-ordinator. Clinically I have worked with:
- Children with severe speech and language impairments
- Bilingual children and their families
- Trans adults on voice and communication change
I have collaborated with Dr Cristina McKean, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Dr Carol Stow to design a language intervention for children with severe language difficulties, Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST). I am a consultant working on the Heather Van der Lely Foundation funded BEST programme evaluation, looking at programme compliance during real-world delivery and adaptations for children with languages other than English (LOTE).
I worked with Dr Carol Stow to deliver a home-language highly specialist service for bilingual children and their families in the NHS in North West England.
I am interested in evidence-based practice and how to apply evidence in real clinical situations.
In addition to my research publications, I have written advice leafets for the charity Afasic on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Speech Disorders, Inconsistent Speech Disorder, Language Disorder and Bilingualism (2016).
I was a lead author on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Clinical Guidelines on Bilingualism, and contributed to the Clinical Gudielines and Trans and Gender Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy Competency Framework.
In May 2018 I won Staff Volunteer of the Year Award for trans and non-binary groups involving student volunteers, in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.
In October 2017 a radio programme I contributed to, exploring trans voice, 'Sounds Like She', part of the BBC Radio 3 'Between the Ears' series was nominated for an ARIA award (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) for Best Factual Storytelling.
In 2017 I won the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation for Voice and Communication Groups involving student volunteers, in Partnership with Louie Stafford, Trans Programme Coordinator at the LGBT Foundation.
In 2017 I won the Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility: Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity for the Voice and Communication Groups for trans individuals delivered in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.
In 2017 I was nominated and shortlisted for Most Inspiring Lecturer, Students' Union Teaching Awards.
In 2012, with Dr C. McKean and Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing the Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST) language therapy programme.
In June 2016 I was nominated for the Volunteer Going the Extra Mile award for the voice and communication workshops at the LGBT foundation (see Social Responsibility section).
In 2005, with Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing assessment tools to be used with Pakistani heritage children including the Bilingual Speech Sound Screen: Pakistani Heritage Languages, Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu.
Voice & communication workshops (Voice coaching)
I work in partnership with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans foundation (LGBT foundation) to provide our award-winning Voice and communication workshops for trans and gender non-binary individuals. The aim of these workshops is provide evidence-based information to Trans people wishing to change their communication. This may involve changing the voice pitch (frequency), resonance, articulation style, use of language and non-verbal communication (also known as 'body language'). The workshops provide information on safe changes, as some non-professional online advice may risk damage to the vocal folds.
The workshops are typically delivered as intensive weekend group events at the LGBT foundation in Manchester's Gay Village and involve student speech and language therapists currently studying on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy degree programme. This involvement encourages students to feel confident supporting people from the Trans community.
If you are an individual looking for support and you live or work in the Manchester area, please contact the Trans Programme Team at the LGBT foundation for more information. The Trans Programme Team have extensive information available here.
I have advised the NHS on the provision of speech and language therapy for the planned Transgender Health Service care community care pathway.
Happy Valley Pride
I have volunteered for the Happy Valley Pride annual LGBT Festival centred in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire since it's launch in 2016. The week long festival is run by volunteers as a not for profit organisation. I joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018 and chair the Youth Engagement Committee. The committee encourages children and young people to participate in the festival through art.
2018 University of Manchester
PG Cert in Higher Education
2017 Fellow of the AdvanceHE (Formerly The Higher Education Academy)
Completion of the New Academics' Programme (NAP)
2009-2011 University of Salford
PgDip Healthcare management:
- Leading and managing in healthcare organisations
- The 'Me' in leadership
- Leading change for patient and/or service improvement
- Project management and methods of inquiry
2000-2007 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
PhD. Thesis title: Bilingual language development in Pakistani heritage children in Rochdale UK. Intrasentential codeswitching and the Implications for the identification of specific language impairment. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10443/2230
1992 – 1995 Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology
Dissertation: An evaluation of the dysarthria profile (revised) with reference to cerebral vascular accident, head injury, motor neurone disease client groups (Dissertation supervised by Sandra Robertson MScLCEST Reg.MCST LLCM), May 1995. Available at: http://www.speechtherapy.co.uk/PDF/1995SPertDissertation.pdf
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
RCSLT Clinical Excellence Network Trans and Gender Diverse Voice & Communication
RCSLT Digital Strategy Oversight Committee
Health & Care Professions Council