Sandra's clinical specialism is in dysphagia, including tracheostomy management. She is interested in the correlation between neurological and respiratory systems and how this manifests in different dysphagia presentations.
Prior to training to become a speech and language therapist, Sandra worked in retail, sales, and as a qualified patents administrator for a European Patent Attorney practice. She also lived and worked in Germany, teaching English in North Rhine-Westphalia. She began speech therapy work with a specialist multi-disciplinary team in researching the associations between communication difficulties and behaviour in children.
She then worked with adult patients providing speech therapy input in neuro-rehabilitation, acute and community stroke services, and on acute medicine wards.
She transferred to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust where she progressed her specialism in dysphagia, and lead the Acute Medicine Speech and Language Therapy team covering Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital wards. She also developed and ran a specialist respiratory dysphagia outpatient clinic.
Sandra then moved to the Midlands and worked as an independent speech and language therapist prior to accepting a permanent post with Christchurch Group.
She enjoys developing and providing clinical training for colleagues, supporting others in their CPD, progressing their knowledge, skills and expertise, and also learning from them in the process.
She is also keen to maintain safe and high clinical standards within therapies, and takes an interest in quality governance and assurance.
The speech and language therapy team has grown over the past year and continues to develop across the Group. The team is made up of specialist and highly specialist colleagues at Bands 6 and 7, who have a significant depth and breadth of experience in neuro-rehabilitation, acute medicine, learning disability and mental health.
Expertise in the team includes the management of dysphagia and communication disorders, tracheostomy, AAC/technology, mental capacity assessment, research and training.