Dawn is Highbank’s longest-serving therapist and has been here for 15 years this year. Alongside her responsibilities as our Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Dawn enjoys the diversity and range of communication needs that our patients present with. She has particularly enjoyed the technological advances in areas such as eye gaze and assistive technology.
Dawn qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, and has always had a passion for supporting clients with acquired brain injuries.
She has recently written a business proposal for the unit’s own eye gaze device, shortening the time that patients have to wait for assessment and trial of high-tech communication aids, knowing that this would have a huge impact both on patients and their families, as well as the rest of the inter-disciplinary team.
Dawn also has specialist skills in neurogenic dysphagia and gains great satisfaction in being able to guide patients from being nil by mouth on admission, to eating and drinking orally – or maximising their skills and abilities as best as possible.
She teaches on the monthly ‘Nutrition and Dysphagia’ training day and is a huge advocate of nursing and care staff taking initiative in this area. She is also a SMART ® assessor and is currently working through the re-accreditation process for this.