My name is Penny Gravill and I set up The Specialist Speech Therapy Practice having worked for many years within the NHS and as a sole independent practitioner.
I qualified as a Speech and Language therapist (SLT) 30 years ago and I'm HCPC registered. I am also a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) and RCSLT advisor in the area of facial palsy.
My career started with a generalist post gaining experience in children's communication problems as well as adult SLT work. I then moved into adult work in stroke rehabilitation before choosing to specialise in the field of neurosciences in 1994. I began doing independent work in 2007 with The Lindens Clinic treating facial palsy and continue to work in both the NHS as well as in independent practice. The value of the multidisciplinary team and working with other specialisms as well as the family/carers cannot be underestimated in both settings.
In partnership with The Lindens Clinic, I lead their London Facial Palsy Clinics 4 times a year. I also participate in regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and collaborative working in Manchester with the rest of the specialist facial palsy team.
In London, The Specialist Speech Therapy Practice works in collaboration with a specialist independent neuro-rehab company, Linguistic Resolutions Ltd, led by SLT Sally Ghibaldan. This allows us to offer our patients the most tailored and expert treatment options available.
I have an active interest in undergraduate training and worked as a clinical educator and examiner for the University of Ulster from 2006 to 2014.
I am actively involved in ongoing facial palsy research projects in conjunction with colleagues at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and lead a support group for people with facial palsy "F@cevalue" in Aberdeen as well as a FacialPalsy UK support group in Edinburgh.