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Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services Ltd
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Our Team

Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services Ltd (ISLTS) has a team of nine qualified, experienced, Speech and Language Therapists.

All therapists are members of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and The Health and Care Professions Council. Some therapists are also members of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.

Our administrator can be contacted at all times for referrals, assessments and general enquiries.

Nick BoothNick Booth

BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) Cert.MRCSLT ASLTIP HCPC

Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Nick is one of the lead speech and language therapists with over 10 years’ experience. He is a skilled and effective clinician with expertise in a wide range of speech, language and communication disorders. He assesses and treats both children and adults.

Nick is interested in auditory processing disorders, acquired brain injury and Asperger’s Syndrome. He provides supervision and mentoring to junior staff. He actively maintains and improves his knowledge and skills through postgraduate courses and professional development training and enjoys fostering effective working relationships with individual patients, mainstream, special and independent schools, further education colleges, other professionals and agencies.

Nick is part of the senior management team within ISLTS Ltd.

Lorna Bailey

MA (Cantab) MSc Cert.MRCSLT HCPC ALSTIP

Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Lorna is one of the lead speech and language therapists with over twelve years’ experience. She qualified at University College London and worked in a number of roles both within the NHS and the independent sector in London, before moving to Norfolk in 2012.

Lorna has extensive experience working with clients in early years, mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and further education colleges. She works with clients with a wide range of clinical needs and has a special interest in pre-school children. Lorna has undertaken a wide variety of post-qualification training courses and undertakes regular continuing professional development activities. She provides supervision and mentoring to junior staff.

Lorna is actively involved in developing the profession and is the Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Lorna is part of the senior management team within ISLTS Ltd.

Kate SteelKate Steel

BSc (Hons) Cert.MRCSLT HCPC ALSTIP

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Kate is a senior speech and language therapist with over ten years’ experience. She qualified at the University of East Anglia and worked in the NHS for eight years before moving to the independent sector.

Kate has extensive experience working with adults with a learning disability. She has a post-graduate qualification which enables her to provide dysphagia assessments for children, adolescents and adults with eating/drinking difficulties. Her clients are mainly within special schools and further education colleges, but she also provides clinic sessions and home visits where appropriate.

Kate has a particular interest in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC); including high-tech devices such as eye-gaze and iPads. Kate has undertaken a wide variety of post-qualification training courses and undertakes regular continuing professional development activities. She provides supervision and mentoring to junior staff.

Dinah BerryDinah Berry

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), Cert.MRCSLT, HCPC

Speech and Language Therapist

Dinah qualified with a BSc Hons in Speech & Language Therapy from the University of East Anglia. She currently works with both children and young adults in schools and colleges, and provides some clinic sessions.

She has further training in Makaton and The Lidcombe Programme (dysfluency). She undertakes regular CPD activities, including attending courses, peer supervision, and self-directed study.

Dinah previously worked as a speech and language therapist for an independent service providing therapy to adults with learning disabilities.

She has previously completed an undergraduate degree in English & History, and worked for a number of charities within Norfolk.

Becka PittsBecka Pitts

BSc (Hons) Cert.MRCSLT HCPC

Speech and Language Therapist

Becka is a Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in Children and Adolescents, Hearing Difficulties and Speech Sound Difficulties. Becka is qualified to BSL Level 1 and uses sign language both socially and at work.

Becka has experience working with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Difficulties and has previously worked in early-years settings and health care support. Becka works with a wide caseload, and believes in involving families and carers at all stages of assessment and treatment, individually tailoring therapy to provide a bespoke service.

Carissa-JermyCarissa Jermy

BSc (Hons) MRCSLT HCPC

Speech and Language Therapist

Carissa qualified from the University of East Anglia as a Speech and Language Therapist. During her time at university, she gained experience with adults and children in a range of settings, including primary and secondary mainstream schools, hospitals and within the community.

As a recent graduate, Carissa has sound knowledge of the evidence base and believes in providing evidence based practice whilst individually tailoring therapy to deliver a personalised service.

Carissa is currently working with a varied caseload, including children, young adults with learning difficulties and adults, all of whom present with a wide range of communication needs.

Carissa undertakes continuing professional development (CPD) activities through a variety of means, including self-directed study, training and regular supervision.

Janine ShortJanine Short

BSc (Hons) Psych PgDip Clinical Communication Studies
Cert.MRCSLT HCPC

Associate Speech and Language Therapist

Janine is a senior Speech and Language Therapist with specialist skills and more than twelve years’ experience. She is an effective clinician, having developed her knowledge and skills through work in both the independent sector and the NHS. During her career, she has treated both adults and children with a wide range of communication disorders. Janine specialises in treating adults and has interests in voice disorders (dysphonia), disorders of language (dysphasia), and motor speech disorders (dysarthria and dyspraxia).

Her specialist expertise includes assessing; advising patients, families and other agencies on the nature of the difficulties and needs of the individual; and planning tailored therapy. Janine works with adults presenting with progressive neurological conditions, acquired brain injury (following trauma, stroke, or brain anoxia), head and neck cancers, and clients with voice difficulties resulting from faulty vocal technique and laryngeal muscle tension.

Janine actively maintains and improves her knowledge through professional development courses and training, self-directed study, and regular clinical supervision.

Caroline Cornell Du HouxCaroline Cornell du Houx

MA (Hons) PGDip Cert.MRCSLT HCPC ALSTIP

Associate Speech and Language Therapist

Caroline has over five years’ experience. She qualified at City University, London and worked in a number of mainstream school, nursery and clinic roles within the NHS in London, before moving to Norfolk in 2016.

She has a special interest in speech and language difficulties in primary and pre-school children, and stammering. Caroline has undertaken a wide variety of post-qualification training courses and undertakes regular continuing professional development activities.

Kate HumbyKate Humby

MA (Hons) BSc (Hons) PGCE Cert.MRCSLT ASLTIP HCPC

Associate Speech and Language Therapist

Kate is a speech and language therapist with a background in NHS clinical practice and healthcare research. She qualified from the University of East Anglia as a mature student, having previously worked in a range of professions, including teaching basic literacy and numeracy to teenagers and adults. Within the NHS Kate gained considerable experience of working with adults with a range of speech, language and communication disorders in a community setting.

After several years in research, Kate has broadened her clinical expertise to include work with children. She is developing a special interest in dysfluency (stammering/stuttering) in both children and adults. She maintains and updates her skills through regular continuing professional development activities.

Ailsa Taylor

BSc (Hons) Cert.MRCSLT HCPC

Associate Speech and Language Therapist

Ailsa is a speech and language therapist with over ten years’ experience. She qualified at the University of East Anglia and worked for the NHS for over eight years before moving into the independent sector.

Ailsa specialises in working with children with special needs. She tends to work with clients who are pre-school or within Key Stage 1.

Ailsa has undertaken a variety of post-qualification training and regularly participates in continuing professional development activities. Ailsa has a particular interest in Down Syndrome and recently completed the Down Syndrome Education International online training for the Reading and Language Intervention.

Cathy MacLennanCathy MacLennan

MSc Cert.MRCSLT ASLTIP HCPC

Consultant Independent Speech and Language Therapist

Cathy Maclennan established Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services Ltd in 1995. She had previously worked in Kent and Cheshire. She returned to London to carry out post graduate studies.

She researched acquired language disorders in adults and she taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of East Anglia.

She worked for many years in the National Health Service as the District Head of Service.

She worked in the complex paediatric neurology team and the regional cleft lip and palate service

She has worked for the past 22 years creating and establishing an independent speech and language therapy practice that is designed to offer detailed assessment, regular therapy, advice and consultative services to children and adults who have a speech, language or communication disorder.

She now works in a consultative capacity for Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services Ltd.

Liesl MassinghamLiesl Massingham

Practice Administrator

Liesl has been with ISLTS Ltd since it was founded in 1995. She has supported Speech and Language Therapists for over 30 years and is responsible for the day to day running of the practice.

She provides administrative support to all speech and language therapists within the practice.

She works closely with Nick Booth and Lorna Bailey developing new contracts, maintaining and improving current contracts and striving to ensure a high standard of Speech and Language Therapy Service is provided at all times.

Liesl is part of the senior management team within ISLTS.