Profile:Clare Woods

Photograph of Clare Woods, speech and language therapist. Clare wears glasses and has shoulder-length brown/auburn hair, and wears a grey shirt.

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Clare Woods

Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Neurology
MSc Speech and Language Sciences

Clare qualified from University College London with an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences in 2005. Since qualifying, Clare has principally specialised in working with adults across the life span with complex communication and swallowing needs arising from acquired and progressive neurological conditions. She has also developed highly specialist skills working with adults with organic and functional mental health conditions, both inpatient and community. In addition, Clare has extensive experience assessing and delivering interventions for those needing Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). She completed her post-graduate specialist dysphagia qualification in 2010 and has continued to maintain her dysphagia competencies in assessing and managing complex dysphagia cases. In 2012, Clare moved from a general community neurology role to managing an independent neuro-rehab caseload with clients involved in medico-legal claims.

Clare continues to hold an independent caseload as the treating speech and language therapist (SLT) in medico-legal cases and is highly experienced in producing high-quality assessment and reports. In addition to her independent caseload, Clare holds the post of Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist for neurorehabilitation at the Royal Devon University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Clare has held a role managing a nationwide team of treating SLTs for a medico-legal rehab company. She has delivered training for solicitors and case managers, as well as other professionals, on cognitive communication difficulties following brain injuries. In addition to her clinical and training roles, Clare has regularly undertaken the role of practice educator on placements from several universities and provides clinical supervision for junior speech and language therapists. Clare has co-ordinated the development of the South-West Neuro Local Group for SLTs working in Independent Practice and is the current chair for this group.

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