Title: Associate Director of Allied Health Professionals
Location: Trust wide
Phone: 0115 969 1300
Research Interests: Learning disability; Service delivery
Biography: Since graduating as a Speech and Language Therapist from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1986, Della has worked with people with Learning Disabilities, and has worked in Nottinghamshire since 1989. She has always worked in partnership to develop communication skills. Her “Means, Reasons and Opportunities” model for communication, developed 30 years ago, underpins many services across the UK. Della achieved her PhD in 1997 for independent research comparing three approaches to delivering a speech and language therapy service to people with learning disabilities. She has been an Advisor in Learning Disabilities for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) since. Della received her RCSLT fellowship in 2009.
Della was the lead author for the RCSLT Five Standards for Good Communication (2013). The Five Good Communication Standards provide a national platform for everyone to know “what good looks like” in terms of communication. Della recently led on the RCSLT Position paper (2016) “Inclusive Communication and the role of Speech and Language Therapy”.
Della was deputy chair and chair of the RCSLT October 2016- December 2020. She is currently Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals s at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
- Systems leadership and AHP councils, 2020
- Understanding ALD services: Who, what, where and when?, 2018
- Five good communication standards in practice: two years on, 2015
- Five good communication standards, 2014
- Adults with learning disabilities: 10 years on, 2009
- Why not adult learning disabilities? Recruitment survey for speech and language therapists, 2004
- Inclusive communication - coming soon near you?, 2002
- Great idea - but how do we do it?, 2002
- Speech and language therapy management models, 2002
- Delivering quality, 2000