1.3 About the Authors
Sabrina Eltringham

Sabrina has six years experience of working as a speech and language therapist in Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  She currently combines her role as a speech and language therapist and knowledge translation research associate for the implementation theme of CLAHRC-SY.  She has been instrumental in the compilation of the South Yorkshire Toolkit.  This was developed as a training resource for the train-the-trainer intervention to support workforce development around the care of patients with swallowing problems.


Dr Sue Pownall

Sue is Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Service in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Sue qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1985 and has been working in Sheffield since 1989. Her clinical specialism is in the area of dysphagia and she has extensive experience of working with patients with dysphagia resulting from a range of medical conditions, across clinical pathways and from both acute and community settings.  Sue is an active researcher with interest in assessment and treatment interventions for dysphagia and also educational approaches to skill sharing in dysphagia across professional boundaries.


Dr Irene Ilott

Irene is a Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists. She has had a portfolio career, as a practitioner in health and social care, an educator, in policy and more recently, as a researcher and independent consultant. As a Knowledge Translation Project Lead in CLAHRC SY, she led the service evaluation and research about dysphagia between 2010 and 2013.


Dr Bev Bennett

Bev is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. She qualified as an adult branch nurse in 1983 and mental health nurse in 1988. Bev’s practice, education and research interests are in neurorehabilitation; particularly stroke, the management of long-term neurological conditions and the nurses role in the multiprofessional rehabilitation team. She is currently engaged in an ongoing educational programme to promote dysphagia awareness amongst nursing students.


Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn has been a Registered Dietitian for 20 years. In this time she has gained considerable experience in clinical Dietetics covering a range of conditions. More recently she has specialised in Spinal Injuries and Neurorehabilitation. Two years ago Carolyn graduated from an NIHR funded Masters in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield. This has helped to develop her interest and knowledge of researching clinically relevant areas.