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Oxford Team Profiles: Speech and language therapists

Children born with a cleft lip and / or palate may face multiple health problems. Experience has shown that these problems are best supported by a team of specialists from many disciplines who work together with the family to provide for the social, emotional, psychological and educational needs of the child.

This means that, when you visit us, you may find yourself in a room with lots of clinicians – this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you feel uncomfortable with so many people in the room, please don’t be afraid to request that only key members of the team remain.

Ginette Phippen

I am a speech and language therapist (SLT) and have worked with the Spires Cleft Centre team in Salisbury since 2002. In 2017 I was appointed as Clinical Director for the whole Spires Cleft Centre service (Salisbury and Oxford). I have worked as a speech and language therapist since 1989 and, before moving to Salisbury, […]

Carrie Luscombe

After qualifying as a speech and language therapist (SLT) from Reading University, I worked in a mixed adult and paediatric post in Essex. As part of this post, I was a link SLT for the Great Ormond Street Cleft Service based at St Andrew’s in Broomfield. This fuelled my aspiration to work in cleft full […]

Lucy McAndrew

I have worked in the Spires Cleft Centre in Oxford for the last 15 years. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Speech Sciences from University College London and, following several years working as a community speech and language therapist (SLT), I joined the cleft team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Here I developed an interest in […]

Sarah Overton

I  qualified as a speech and language therapist (SLT) from Newcastle University and completed post-graduate training in assessment and intervention for cleft palate speech at the University of Sheffield. My role is to help children and adults develop speech they feel happy with, often by working in partnership with families and community speech and language […]