Location: London

Coverage: London & the South East

Abigail is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, who has specialised in complex neurological conditions and acquired brain injury.  She has held positions across acute inpatient wards (including stroke, neuro-surgical, neuro-general, and critical care), a specialist level two neuro-rehabilitation centre and within the community setting.  Working within these settings has resulted in sound clinical understanding of cognitive, physical and psychological impairments related to neurological disorders.

Working with complex caseloads, Abigail has developed expertise in specialist neurological assessment and intensive rehabilitation for clients with swallowing, communication and cognitive communication disorders.  She also has skills within the tracheostomy weaning process, setting clients up with Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids, completing capacity assessments, and discharge planning.

Neuro-rehabilitation is an area of Speech and Language Therapy that Abigail has found interesting and very rewarding. During her role at the specialist neuro-rehabilitation centre, Abigail was a key-worker for her clients.  This process involved being the lead coordinator of their rehabilitation journey, liaising with external services, providing recommendations for immediate and future care needs and making appropriate onward referrals.

These valuable skills have been transferred into Abigail’s role as a Case Manager when working with clients affected by life changing events, such as brain injury, complex physical trauma and spinal cord injury.  Setting up and working collaboratively with the client’s therapy and care/support team is integral to facilitate the client’s function and wellbeing during their rehabilitation.

Established interpersonal skills have allowed Abigail to build strong rapport with clients and their families and to ensure that she is advocating on their behalf.  She is passionate about using evidence-based knowledge to formulate client focused goals and therapeutic interventions in order to promote optimal independence and well-being.

Abigail is familiar with writing detailed and accurate case reports, coordinating treatment plans with the appropriate health care professionals and care providers.  She is an experienced clinical member and has been involved within service development projects, the development of procedures and student/junior clinician education.

Abigail is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC – SL31660).  She is also a professional member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), and the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).