Sally has been working as a SLT in the field of AAC since 1981; initially working in a school for children with physical difficulties in Bristol, and then launching the Paediatric Communication Aids Service in 1997 for children in the SW of England. In 2013, PCAS merged with the first communication aid service in the UK, Frenchay Communication Aids Centre, to become the Bristol Communication Aid Service. BCAS is now one of the specialised AAC services in England, commissioned by NHS England. Sally co-manages the service as well as providing some clinical input.
Sally undertook a MSc in Human Communication in 2003, during which her dissertation focussed on the identified barriers and strengths of current implementation of AAC in schools.
Sally has been a Trustee of Communication Matters and a school governor of Claremont School for 6 years until September 2014.
Sally has also represented the RCSLT on the Quality Assurance Board, within the Ministry of Justice, for Registered Intermediaries, ensuring that those who have AAC needs also have a voice within the judicial system, as witnesses or victims.
Sally is currently working in her role as the RCSLT representative on the Clinical Reference Group for Complex Disability Equipment, and Chair of the AAC Subgroup which advises the CRG. This work relates to the hub and spoke services’ model, recommended in the Office of the Communication Champion’s Report 2011.