I am a speech and language therapist by professional training, with a background in paediatric speech, language and communication difficulties as well as eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. I hold professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
I graduated from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh in 1985 with a BSc in Speech Pathology & Therapy. In 2010, I was awarded an NIHR Clinical Research Studentship with a funded secondment at the University of Liverpool. I received a Masters in Clinical Research in 2011, and joined the Speech Pathology Programme Team at MMU in 2013.
I completed my Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice in 2014 and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have held a number of paediatric specialist posts in the NHS, which have included the following client groups:
I have also held management posts within the NHS.
I am programme lead for the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, including the Foundation Year.
I teach on the following units:
My teaching responsibilities for the MSc (Pre-registration) Speech and Language Therapy include:
I also ccontribute to the PGCert modules:
I am currently an external examiner for the PGDip/MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
I have a particular interest in the process of exit from speech and language therapy services for children with complex needs and this is the focus of my PhD.
I have an interest in intervention and service provision for older children and young people.
J.Edwards & L Smart. Kevin and Perry Grow Up: A Functional Conversation Skills Programme for Teens. [Poster presentation]. Lost for Words: Lost for Life; A conference on SLCN in older children and young people. 15-17 June 2011, City University London, England.
I am currently involved in newly qualified practitioner supervision for speech and langauge therapists.