I have been a qualified SLT for over 20 years and continue to work clinically part-time in the NHS Lothian Adult Learning Disability Service. Since 2011, I have combined my clinical work with a lecturing post at QMU. My clinical and teaching expertise is on the impact of lifelong conditions on communication and focuses on Intellectual Impairment; Physical Disability; Sensory Impairment; and associated co-morbid conditions including disorders of eating, drinking and swallowing. I am particularly interested in the broader aspects of communication such as nonverbal communication; augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); and Challenging Behaviour. I sit on the committee of the Scottish Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) for Learning Disabilities which provides regular national CPD events for SLTs, students, teaching staff and other interested professionals. The other particular focus of my teaching is on preparation for the workplace. I provide direct teaching input to all final year SLT students and also run a drop-in clinic for past and present students who require support with completing applications, interview techniques etc. As of August 2016 I am assuming Programme Leadership of the PGDip(pre-registration) SLT programme.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- a fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
Active Research Interests:
- Developmental physical, intellectual and sensory disability and their impact on communication, participation and wellbeing.
I particularly focus on Intellectual Disability; developmental Sensory and Physical Impairments; Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC); reflective practice and preparation for employment.
Postgraduate Diploma/MSc (pre-registration) in Speech and Language Therapy
2015-16 PGCert Professional and Higher Education
QMU Student Teaching and Recognition (STAR) Awards
2015-16 Nominated for Excellent Teaching; Outstanding Support; and Engaging Assessment and Feedback Awards.
2014-15 Winner of Postgraduate Teaching Award
2013-14 Nominated for Student Support Award; Winner of Inspiring and Engaging Teaching Award
2013-14 NES Career Fellowship. This award funded a small scale project investigating the status of post-graduate Dysphagia training for SLTs across Scotland.