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Last updated: 12 May 2020
I have over twenty five years experience as a Speech and Language therapist. I have worked in Asian and North American healthcare systems as well as the NHS and various private healthcare settings. I specialise in dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in adults and dysphonia (voice problems) in adults and children. I also work with stroke patients presenting with dysphasia (disorders of language) and dysarthria (speech difficulty) as well as seeing patients diagnosed with progressive neurological conditions e.g. Parkinson's disease, Motor Neurone Disease. I have worked as an under graduate University Lecturer and set up a swallowing service in the main hospitals in Cambodia.
Areas of interest
Dysphonia (voice disorders) in adults and children (aged over 5);
Dysphagia (swallowing problems) in adults
Fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) can be arranged and carried jointly with an ENT consultant and Speech and Language therapist;
Dysarthria (motor speech difficulties) often associated with diagnosis of stroke, progressive neurological diseases and any other medical conditions which can affect motor speech muscles;
Dysphasia (language deficits) post stroke,TBI (traumatic brain injury), brain tumour and other neurological conditions;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist for Simply Food Solutions
My research interests are in dysphagia , right hemisphere language problems and the functional and psychological benefits of using eye gaze as a communication and computer access device. I have a Masters in Dysphagia (swallowing) by research method.
I enjoy most sports - both participating and watching. I cycled from London to Paris as a fund raising event for the Spinal Injuries Unit a couple of years ago. There were three hand cyclists in our team and it was a most memorable and rewarding experience.
I also enjoy travelling particular if the destination involves watching wildlife, as well as reading and listening to music of all genres.
I was nominated for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Steinberg award for services to Spinal Cord Injury in 2012 and I was also nominated for an award for the Regain. Charity for dedication to work with Spinal Cord injury both in 2013 and 2014.
Gould L, Watson Short K, Wallace S, Park C: Educating Cambodia in dysphagia and speech therapy. RCSLT Bulletin2018: 790; 16-18
Middendorp van JJ, Watkins F, Park C, Landymore H: Eye–tracking computer systems for inpatients with tetraplegia: findings from a feasibility study. Spinal Cord (2015) 53, 221-225
Park C: ‘I’m an SLT…get me out of here!’ RCSLT Bulletin 2004:623; 24
Park C, O’ Neill PA: A pilot exploratory study of oral electrical stimulation in swallow function following stroke: an innovative technique. Dysphagia 1997:12; 161-166
Park C: Chronic Dysphagia : The case for periodic review. RCSLT Bulletin 1997:541; 13-14
Park C, O’ Neill PA: Management of neurological dysphagia. Clinical Rehabilitation. 1994:8; 166-174.
- BSc Clinical Language. Sciences Leeds 1988
- Masters by Research Manchester 1998
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council
- Park Therapy Services The Chiltern Hospital...
- 08:30 - 13:00
- 0845 313 0995
Post treatment communication
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