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Rupert Maher – deputy head of regional specialist rehabilitation.
Speech and language therapy
The speech and language therapist assesses and supports your communication needs. This includes assessing and supporting language needs, recommending communication hardware and software, programming communication devices, setting communication goals with you and your family, supporting communication partners, and provide training to you, your family, and local services.
- Charlotte Sax, clinical specialist speech and language therapist
- Cristiana Atherton – highly specialist speech and language therapist.
The occupational therapist assesses and recommends different ways in which you may access your communication device if your hand and arm movements are limited. This will take into account the environment(s) in which you wish to use the device, what seating, positioning or wheelchair you use and how the device works with, attaches to, or fits with your seating or positioning equipment.
The occupational therapist also works with the rehabilitation engineer to assess the safety and compatibility of your equipment.
- Wendy Garnett – clinical specialist occupational therapist.
The communication technician works closely with the clinicians to provide technical support in the use of communication devices and accessories.
This includes maintenance, repairs and assistance with technical issues, and annual reviews of your use of the device to ensure your equipment continues to meet your communication needs. Should your situation have changed, the technician will request a reassessment with the clinical team.
- James Byron – communication technician.
The rehabilitation (rehab) engineer works closely with the team to design and customise how the communication equipment interfaces with your seating, bed or mobility device.
Where commercially available options do not meet all the requirements, the rehab engineer may develop a bespoke solution tailored to your individual needs. Risk assessments are a key part of their role, to ensure the safety and compatibility of your equipment.
- Meike Currie – rehabilitation engineer (King's College Hospital).
The assistive communication service administrator is responsible for patient liaison and office administration.
- Olufemi Oyewumi – administrator.