Senior Speech & Language Therapist
BSc (Hons), MRes (Communication Disorders), MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC Registered
Sarah is a Senior Speech & Language Therapist with specialist post-graduate training in communication disorders post traumatic brain injury and acquired swallowing disorders (Masters level qualifications). She is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (regulatory body) and is a member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).
During her 16 years specialising in brain injury, Sarah has worked across acute hospital wards, inpatient neuorehabilitation units, intermediate care services and outpatient community neuorehabilitation settings. Since starting her career, she has been committed to working with adults with acquired and traumatic brain injury. Sarah currently works part-time in the NHS, based in Bristol and has recently completed a Masters in Research (Communication Disorders) at Plymouth Marjon University. Additionally Sarah works as an expert witness for medico-legal cases, via Somek & Associates (www.somek.com), providing specialist speech & language therapy assessment and reports required for court proceedings. Sarah is currently the chair of the South West Brain Injury clinical excellence network which involves organising regional study days biannually. Sarah is a clinical educator for students undertaking the undergraduate speech and language therapy degree at Plymouth Marjon University, and has been a visiting lecturer at this University on the topics of: cognitive communication disorder, discourse and social communication difficulties post traumatic brain injury.
Sarah enjoys working with a diverse range of swallowing, speech, language and communication disorders in adolescents and adults post acquired brain injury (including stroke) and traumatic brain injury. She applies evidence based practice to assessment and therapy methods when working with complex neurological difficulties and particularly enjoys the rehabilitation and adjustment aspect of working with these adults. Sarah has experience of working with clients, their families, friends and support workers when addressing the communication needs of an individual, and developing strategies that can optimise independent communication skills in the long-term. Sarah has good awareness and knowledge of current technology and software packages that can support both verbal and written language communication skills. She has a specialist interest in working with adults with social communication disorders post brain injury, and delivering therapy within social and community settings.
Sarah enjoys working with the individual and focusing on personal requirements of therapeutic intervention. She recognises the need for flexible therapy delivery and will consider a variety of therapy intervention patterns that are most suitable for a client. Sarah is experienced in working with adults with a wide variety of language and communication difficulties and would be happy to discuss any potential referral.