Abigail is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, who has worked within a variety of clinical settings, more recently specialising in complex neurological conditions and acquired brain injury. She has held various Speech and Language Therapy positions across acute inpatient wards (including stroke, neuro-surgical, neuro-general, critical care and general medicine), a specialist level two neurological rehabilitation centre and within the community setting.
Working within these settings has allowed her Abigail to develop extensive experience and skill in neurological assessment and rehabilitation for clients with swallowing, communication and cognitive communication disorders, that have arisen from conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and progressive neurological conditions (including Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Motor Neurone Disease, Multisystem Atrophy and Multiple Sclerosis). As an Assistant Case Manager, Abigail works with clients affected by life changing events, such as brain injury, complex physical trauma and spinal cord injury.
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. Consistently working alongside a range of multidisciplinary professionals, has also resulted in a sound clinical understanding of cognitive, physical and psychological impairments related to neurological disorders.
Neuro-rehabilitation is an area of Speech and Language Therapy that Abigail has found interesting and very rewarding. Abigail is passionate about using evidence-based knowledge to formulate client focused goals and therapeutic interventions in order to promote optimal independence and well-being. She is able to monitor and review the effectiveness of these treatment programmes and adapt them when indicated.
During her previous role, Abigail was key-working clients with complex neurological conditions. 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. This role was essential to ensure that the client received the appropriate support to facilitate their function and wellbeing during their rehabilitation.
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).