Naomi qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1995, and has since gained extensive experience of working with adults within neurological rehabilitation services, in both hospital and community settings. Naomi is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.
Naomi has held a number of senior clinical positions within the NHS, leading speech and language therapy services within interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams. Her first position was with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where Naomi worked with adults with a range of communication disorders, and where she gained a post graduate dysphagia qualification. In 1997 Naomi progressed to take her first community position in Liverpool Community Trust, where she developed specialist skills for working with adults with stroke, brain injury and progressive neurological conditions.
In 2000 Naomi was appointed to the position of Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at The Taylor Neurorehabilitation Unit in Wigan (a regional NHS neurorehabilitation service), here she was responsible for leading and developing the speech and language therapy service. Naomi worked as part of the interdisciplinary team, working with individuals with complex neurological injuries, and progressive conditions. She was also responsible for the training and supervision of generic Rehabilitation Assistants.
In 2009 Naomi took the role of Lead Speech and Language Therapist for North Lancashire Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, where she developed a strong interest and specialist skills for working with clients with prolonged disorders of consciousness. In addition to this, Naomi worked alongside her neuropsychology colleagues to develop rehabilitation programmes and management plans for individuals living in the community with cognitive and behavioural challenges.
Naomi completed a Master of Science degree in Brain Injury Rehabilitation in 2014. Her research project explored community integration outcomes for individuals with cognitive communication disorder as a result of brain injury. Naomi presented her research at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists conference in 2015, and is a Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Currently Naomi works as an independent speech and language therapist. She provides high quality and evidence based rehabilitation to clients in community settings, who are experiencing communication and swallowing difficulties arising from acquired brain injury and stroke. She also develops and delivers training programmes for support workers and care home staff.
Naomi is a member of the North West Aphasia Clinical Excellence Network, and the North West Brain Injury Journal Review Group. She maintains her professional development through attending relevant conferences and training courses, and she receives regular clinical supervision. Naomi works with Harrison Associates as an Expert Witness, using her speech and language therapy knowledge, skills and experience to identify and cost speech and language therapy and equipment needs for adults with acquired neurological injuries. She has received training in the Civil Procedure Rules.