Speech and language therapy

What we offer

We are committed to providing:

A professional service

Timely response to enquiries

Appointments within the clients' home and the local community

Training for support workers, families and other healthcare professionals

Links with other professionals i.e. physiotherapists, occupational therapists and neuropsychologists

A collaborative approach to goal setting and outcome measurement as part of case management led teams

Client centred approach to assessment and treatment

Immediate need reports, detailed assessment and recommendation reports and written guidelines

Ongoing review of programmes

Advice on communication and technology

About Head Strong

Head Strong is a unique collaboration of three highly skilled speech and language therapists

Clare Keohane

Clare Keohane

Clare Keohane (BSc, MRes) is a specialist Speech and Language therapist with experience of working with clients with acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury and stroke. Clare qualified in 1987 with a degree in Speech Pathology and Therapy from the University of Manchester. She has worked in a variety of settings including the Kemsley unit Northampton, working with clients with behavioural problems after TBI and the Oliver Zangwill centre in Ely Cambridgeshire, working with clients with cognitive difficulties following brain injury. Clare's particular interests include the areas of cognitive communication difficulties and social cognition. She believes strongly in collaborating with other professionals, developing a client centred approach to therapy, with goal planning and review as a central feature in her work. Clare takes an active role maintaining her professional development through attending clinical excellence groups and is an active member of a regional acquired brain injury mentoring group. Clare has completed a Master’s in Research and has an interest in hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to sound) following brain injury. She acts as a national advisor for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Clare is based in Suffolk close to the Essex border. She visits clients in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk including Ipswich, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds, London, and Ely.
Mandy Fairweather

Mandy Fairweather

Mandy Fairweather, BSc (Hons) qualified as a speech and language therapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1994. She has practiced in her specialist field of acquired brain injury, with adults and young people since then. Mandy has worked in community teams and acute wards, within the NHS and charitable trusts. She was employed as a specialist at the National Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. Since 1996, Mandy has pursued her interest and specialism in longer-term brain injury rehabilitation. In 2004 she set up her own independent practice, which has allowed her to develop home based treatment packages for adults and young people after brain injury. Mandy has extensive experience of neuro-behavioural interventions and is particularly interested in cognitive communication difficulties and functional therapy. Mandy works closely with clients, allied health teams and case managers to ensure provision of a holistic and client centred approach. Training rehabilitation teams (in communication support and swallowing management) and implementing communication technology have become an integral part of her role in medical legal cases. Mandy belongs to the clinical excellence network for head injury and the medico-legal special interest group. She actively maintains her professional development. Mandy is based in Warwickshire close to Stratford, Warwick and Redditch. She visits clients in Worcester, Evesham, Cheltenham, Banbury, Oxford, Coventry and Northampton.
Helen Weeks

Helen Weeks

Helen Weeks (BSc Hons) qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. She has been working with adults with acquired neurological conditions and assisting them with their communication and swallowing needs for over 20 years. She has worked as a Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist for employers such as The National Centre for Brain Injury, St Andrews Healthcare, Northampton and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Milton Keynes. She has experience of working in a range of different settings; 1:1 and as part of interdisciplinary teams. She has presented training for colleagues, other health professionals, families and rehabilitation support workers. In 2010 she successfully passed the Brain Injury Management degree module from Northampton University. Helen enjoys using a client focused approach; keeping the individuals' own needs at the centre of their rehabilitation and liaising with other professionals and families in order to achieve this. She ensures she maintains her continued professional development and keeping up to date with latest evidence based research by attending relevant study days and being a member of clinical excellence network groups such as the Head Injury CEN. Helen is based near Bedford and Milton Keynes. She also visits clients in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and parts of Cambridgeshire and London.

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Fees

We have an uncomplicated fee system. We charge:

  • A flat hourly rate of £85.00 for all aspects of our work involving our clients. This includes direct client contact, attendance at client orientated meetings, development and delivery of teaching and training sessions and devising therapy tasks and activities. Our flat rate also covers all of our indirect work, which incorporates associated administrative duties. This encompasses the analysis and calculation of assessment results, writing of reports, attending to correspondence and maintenance of accurate client records
  • We will charge an hourly rate of £40.00 for the time taken to travel from our location to the required venue and return
  • We will also charge a mileage rate of 50p per mile
  • We will record and provide an accurate breakdown of all of our client involvement and submit this in our monthly invoices