Helen has over 20 years clinical experience working as a speech and language therapist (SLT) in the UK and NZ. She currently holds an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, jointly hosted by Barnet Hospital (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust), and the UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science. Her PhD focuses on how to choose tracheostomy tube size for adults in ICU.
She has co-authored a book chapter on the power of communication in critical care and the SLT Pillar of the ICS Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Professional Development Framework. She is involved in the AHP critical care workforce project and is a member of the international group of SLTs working in ultrasound. Helen is Treasurer and committee member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy’s Tracheostomy Clinical Expert Network.
Outside work she is kept busy with three children and her garden, and is hoping to eat more veg than the slugs do this year.