Date and venue details

Thursday 5 July 2018

City, University of London, Northampton Suite, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The third RCSLT Research Champion Workshop was packed full of presentations and practical workshops, to help embed the evidence base and research into practice and how to make competitive applications for grants and fellowships. The day also offered a wealth of opportunities for Research Champions to present their work.

Aims and objectives

This event gave RCSLT Research Champions the opportunity to:

  • Develop the role of the research champion at a local and national level
  • Share good practice initiatives to support evidence based practice
  • Develop contacts within the network to support research and development work
  • Gain knowledge and contribute to the strategic and operational research and development work of the RCSLT
  • Develop knowledge in public and patient involvement (PPI)
  • Develop knowledge and skills in core areas of research

For more details, please see the full programme.


Please note that presentations are available subject to author’s consent

  • Speaker biographies
  • Research and development update – Amit Kulkarni, Lauren Longhurst and Katie Chadd
  • Panel session
    • Mal Palin, Senior Programme Manager, NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre
    • Sarah Buckley, Independent Speech and Language Therapy Manager
    • Richard Francis, Head of Research Awards, Stroke Association
    • Heidi Siddle, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Associate Professor and Consultant Podiatrist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Co-designing research with service users: benefits and challenges: Claire Mitchell and Annette Dancer
  • Lightning talks: success stories – championing research in clinical practice
    • Sam Burr, Clinical Academic SLT, Solent NHS Trust
    • Anna Sowerbutts, SLT, Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City
    • Sally Archer, Clinical Lead SLT, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust
    • Avril Nicoll, SLT Researcher, NMAHP Research Unit
  • Lightning talks: embarking on research careers – lessons from clinical academics
    • Anna Volkmer and the ClinAcSLT Network, SLT, University College London
    • Sally Boa, Head of Education and Research, Strathcarron Hospice
    • Hazel Warren, SLT, Nottingham CityCare


Evidence Based Practice

  • Mirror neurons in dysphagia rehabilitation: A case study – Elly Sampson, Speech and Language Therapist, Weston Area Health NHS Trust
  • Using the Delphi method to create an evidence based clinical pathway to manage dysphagia in a small specialised patient group – Jackie McRae, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and HEE/NIHR CDRF, St. Georges University Hospital
  • Communicating with confidence: The impact of using high tech AAC in the community – Kayleigh Sparkes, Speech and Language Therapist, St. Catherine’s School
  • Turning clinical work into a research project: An evaluation of colourful semantics – Lorna Wilson, Speech and Language Therapist, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
  • Eva Park early adpoters pilot – Niamh Devane, Speech and Language Therapist and Researcher, City, University of London
  • Standardising our videofluoroscopy service as part of a research initiative – Roganie Govender, Consultant and Clinical Academic Speech and Language Therapist, UCLH
  • Using a Lego Therapy approach to develop language and social communication skills – Roshan Dean, Speech and Language Therapist, St. Catherine’s School
  • Introducing the ReSNetSLT Action Group – Sally Morgan, Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, City, University of London

Clinical Academic Career

  • The research path: Challenges and rewards – Lisa Everton, Speech and Language Therapist and PhD Student, NHS and University of Nottingham
  • Milly’s academic journey so far – Milly Heelan

Research Project

  • Family members’ experiences of swallowing difficulties after a stroke – Anna Robinson, Speech and Language Therapist, St. Georges NHS Trust
  • Speech and language therapy change in practice – Avril Nicoll, Researcher, NMAHP Research Unit
  • Speech, language and swallowing impairments in functional neurological symptom disorder (FNSD): A scoping review – Caz Barnett, Stroke Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Unspoken voices: What are the perspectives of people who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) on the impact and effectiveness of AAC equipment – Katherine Broomfield, Speech and Language Therapist and HEE/NIHR CDRF, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
  • Adolescents’ experiences of communication following acquired brain injury (ABI) – Katherine Buckeridge, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Measuring the impact of the Attention Autism approach on children’s attention skills – Laura Duffy, Speech and Language Therapist, Blossom House School
  • Setting collaborative research priorities in dysphagia for the speech and language therapy profession – Lauren Longhurst, Research and Development Officer, RCSLT
  • Training parents: What impact does it have on children’s ability to maintain and generalise skills learnt in smile Therapy? – Martina Curtin, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Whittington Health NHS
  • What is the impact of VERVE child interaction on preschool children with language difficulties? – Naomi Brown- Early Years Team Leader Speech and Language Therapist, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Feasibility of digitally-enhanced child language therapy to improve vocabulary – Rafiah Badat, Speech and Language Therapist, NHS
  • Predicting feeding difficulties on a level 3 neonatal unit – Sarah Edney, Clinical Lead SLT, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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