Helen Day

Profession:

Speech and Language Therapist

Location:

South East London and Kent

Work context/Areas of interest and specialism:

  • Clinical lead SLT working in community Neurorehabilitation
  • Adults with acquired neurological swallowing and communication disorders
  • Multidisciplinary management of swallowing and communication disorders
  • Aphasia rehabilitation
  • Independent supervisor

Clinical experience:

  • I currently work as a clinical lead SLT in a community neuro-rehabilitation team. We see people with progressive and non-progressive neurological disorders, providing assessment and intervention as a multidisciplinary team
  • I have been working as a SLT with patients who have neurological disorders within the NHS for the last 16 years. I have largely working in a community setting, but also have experience working in an acute and inpatient rehabilitation setting. I work in a joint clinical and leadership capacity, providing professional supervision and line management supervision to SLTs and other multidisciplinary colleagues
  • I have had a previous role working as a visiting clinical tutor at City, University of London
  • Themes from my clinical experience include:
    • Community Neurorehabilitation for people with progressive and non-progressive conditions
    • Interdisciplinary goal setting and outcome measurement
    • Specialism in aphasia rehabilitation, particularly participation or project-based therapies and communication partner training
    • Providing assessment and intervention for people with deteriorating conditions, particularly Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia
    • Leadership and managing change within small and larger multidisciplinary teams
    • Research in area of participation-based aphasia rehabilitation
    • Projects involving increasing awareness of Cognitive Communication Disorders amongst rehabilitation colleagues
    • Providing individualised professional supervision to SLT colleagues

Training:

  • BSc Speech Sciences, 2005
  • MSc Human Communication, 2013
  • Supervision courses 1, 2, 3 and advanced practice workshops through intandem
  • Motivational Interviewing, 2-day course

Membership:

  • HCPC
  • RCSLT

Description of supervision service:

Who:

Speech and language therapists ✅
Allied health professionals ✅
NHS workers ✅
Independent practitioners ✅
Social service employees ✅
Education staff
Voluntary sector workers
Newly qualified practitioners ✅
Cross-specialism ✅
Cross-profession ✅

Type:

Individual ✅
Paired ✅
Group ✅
Team ✅
Managerial Supervision
Professional Supervision ✅
Supervision of supervision ✅

Access:

Face-to-face:
— supervisor’s base ✅
— supervisee’s base ✅
— neutral location ✅
Telephone: ✅
Video teleconference: ✅

Description of supervision approach:

I am a firm believer in supervision that suits the person. I strive to tailor supervision to the person’s clinical needs, style and approach. I am practised in providing a more joint problem-solving approach or reflective style, all used flexibly depending on the person’s needs and the direction of discussion. I will spend time exploring previous supervision experiences and approaches, those which have worked and those which have not worked, to enable us to agree on a style that feels comfortable. I will encourage you to set the agenda and explore clinical experiences using active listening, reflections and supportive questioning. I can bring in clinical examples from my experience where appropriate and with consent from the supervisee.

I continue to engage in professional and line management supervision, and I am committed to continued reflection about my own skills and development.

Contact details:

Email: supervision@HelenDay.UK

Phone: 07849 171300