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Amanda D’Souza
RNRU Outreach Team SLT, and Clinical Lead, Headway East London.
Amanda has been working with Claire to set-up and run CP interventions based at the RNRU. She is also working with the RNRU Outreach Team Psychologist to provide individual intervention in the community. She has worked with people with acquired communication disorders for over 10 years as an SLT. Her work with Headway East London involves exploring new approaches to reducing social isolation and building a positive self-identity post brain injury. As well as providing a range of communication training, she works with the Family Support Service. She has completed an MA in Cognitive Linguistics, focusing on the application of pragmatic theories to aphasia.

Amy Fewtrell
Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Amy is the Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Stroke at Homerton University Hospital. She has worked with adults with acquired communication difficulties and dysphagia following stroke and traumatic brain injury for 8 years.  She has special interests in dysphagia rehabilitation and leads the videofluroscopy service at the hospital. Amy’s experience also includes teaching on the undergraduate Speech and Language Therapy programme at Essex University and at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Bangladesh.

Claire Farrington-Douglas
Head of Speech and Language Therapy
Claire is Head of Speech and Language Therapy, Homerton University Hospital. She has worked in the area of neurosciences and neuro-rehabilitation for more than 10 years, specialising in conversation partner training for people with aphasia through her MRes research and, more recently, with people with a wider range of acquired communication difficulties. She has experience of setting up, running and evaluating conversation partner training groups and has worked with individuals or family units. Claire has presented her research at conferences (BAS, Connect and IALP) and at SIGs (Neurology and Scottish SIG in Acquired Communication Disorders).

Fiona Johnson, PhD
Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Adult Community Rehabilitation Team
Fiona works in community neuro rehab supporting people with long term conditions to maximise their independence in everyday life. She has recently completed her PhD, which focussed on examining the mechanisms of change and active ingredients within a conversation therapy programme for aphasia, using tools and theory from behaviour change research. She has presented her work at multidisciplinary CENs, the British Aphasiology Society Therapy Symposium, and the UK Stroke Forum – and is aiming to publish her findings in 2016.

Jean Rutter
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit
Jean is a Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist on the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. Jean has been working with adults with acquired communication difficulties for 4 years working across community and in patient settings.  She has experience of running conversation partner training for individuals and in groups and has recently completed her dissertation in vocational settings using a conversational analysis approach.

Simon Grobler
Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Adult Community Rehabilitation Team
Simon works in ACRT supporting people with long term conditions to maximise their independence in everyday life. As part of his work in the community rehab team, he has developed a service for people with respiratory conditions and dysphagia. He is in the process of completing his Masters in Research for which he is examining the nature of dysphagia in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease. In addition to his work in Hackney, Simon is a teaching fellow on the Speech Sciences degree course at University College London where his teaching speciality is the cognitive neurological approach to assessment of language and professional skills.