My name is Shaunagh Farragher and I was delighted to become an associate of The Specialist Speech Therapy Practice in 2019. I am a registered member of the HCPC and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and have studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I was awarded an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen and following a couple of years of travelling, I then went on to complete a Masters (MSc) in Speech and Language Therapy at the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
My clinical career started in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where I worked in various teams including the stroke team and neurosciences team. During my time there, I worked with Penny Gravill and began my training in the assessment and management of facial nerve palsy which has since become a specialist area of interest for me. Working with Penny, I gained invaluable experience assessing and managing cases of facial palsy arising from a wide range of conditions, (e.g. Bell's palsy, Acoustic Neuroma etc.) and was involved in the running of the F@cevalue support group in Aberdeen.
I relocated to Belfast in 2019 to be closer to family where I set up the SSTP Belfast Clinic in the Elmwood Physiotherapy Clinic on the Lisburn Road. I also started working for the Belfast HSC Trust in various acute care services, including the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre before commencing my current role as a Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in stroke services, based in the Royal Victoria Hospital. I have vast experience in managing complex swallowing difficulties as well as a broad range of communication impairments and am passionate about evidence based, effective therapy that is tailored specifically to each client.