Qualifications and Professional Development

I completed a 4 year degree course at City University in 1996, graduating with a BSc (hons) in Clinical Communication Studies.

I have been a practicing member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) since October 1996.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I have been a practicing member of the Association of Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) since 1999.

I have been a member (and now Secretary) of the National Medico-Legal Clinical Excellence Network since 2010.

I have been the coordinator of the Kent and Sussex Independent Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Group since 2014.

As a self-employed practitioner I have up-to-date enhanced DBS clearance.

Prior to working solely independently, I worked within the NHS for over 10 years. I have extensive experience of working in a range of settings including:

  • Community Clinics

  • Mainstream and Independent Schools

  • MLD Schools.

  • ASD Resources within Mainstream Schools

  • Language Impairment Units (for pre-school, primary and secondary age children)

  • Children's Centres (providing early intervention and diagnosis for children with complex communication needs including ASD)

  • Multidisciplinary settings (including collaborative working with CAMHS, Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy)

Since qualifying I have continued to develop my clinical skills in accordance with requirements set out by the RCSLT and the HCPC. I have specific training in the following areas:

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

  • Derbyshire Language Scheme.

  • Lidcombe Stammering Therapy.

  • Picture Exchange Communication Therapy (PECS).

  • The Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme.

  • Makaton signing.

  • Hanen Parent-Child Intervention Programme ("It Takes Two to Talk").

  • Hanen Teacher-Child Intervention Programme ("Learning Language and Loving It").

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

  • Bond Solon Expert Witness, Excellence in Report Writing, Courtroom Skills and Discussion Between Experts Accredited Training Modules

  • Building Language using Lego Bricks

  • Attention Autism

  • Attachment Disorders

  • Phonological Disorders

  • Proloquo2go

I am committed to my continued professional development, regularly attending training courses, specific interest groups and keeping up to date with current research. I also access regular clinical supervision.