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Mrs Lindsey Collins

PositionDementia Care Consultant Trainer
Location4.04
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Telephone01274 235726
Emaill.collins3@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Enhancing communication and interaction, The experience of eating and drinking difficulties, End of life care for people living with dementia, Improving quality of life and quality of care

Biography

Lindsey is a registered Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in working with people with dementia. She has been responsible for developing specialist Speech and Language Therapy services within NHS Mental Health Trusts in Berkshire and in North East England.

Lindsey’s particular passion is in supporting people with dementia related communication difficulties, which was the topic of her MSc final year dissertation. This focus motivated Lindsey to successfully develop and implement a communication strategy for inpatients with dementia to ensure their communication needs were identified and supported.

As a registered Speech and Language Therapist, Lindsey also has an interest in supporting people with dementia who experience eating and drinking difficulties. Lindsey is an Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Training Fellow and is currently completing a PhD, focussing on the experience of people living with dementia and eating and drinking difficulties.

Lindsey is also passionate about supporting others to develop skills to engage meaningfully with people with dementia and enhance well-being. Lindsey accepted a post as Dementia Care Consultant and Trainer at the School of Dementia Studies in October 2013. In this role, Lindsey is responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating bespoke person-centred dementia care consultancy and training packages for health and social care organisations throughout the UK.

Study History

  • MSc in Dementia Studies with Distinction (University of Bradford)
  • BSc (Hons) in Human Communication: Speech and Language Therapy (De Montfort University)

Professional History

  • HCPC Registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Networks/Roles

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Dementia Working Group
  • Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Training Fellow
  • Northern Old Age Psychiatry Clinical Excellence Network

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Collins L (June 2016) Supporting people with dementia and dysphagia: balancing the risks. Invited Plenary Presentation. Advancing Dysphagia Practice Seminars, Preston
  • Collins L (May 2016) Dementia and dysphagia: what is best practice? Invited Plenary Presentation. Nutricia Dysphagia Academy, London
  • Collins L (May 2016) Supporting people with dementia and eating and drinking difficulties. Invited Workshop. Primary Care and Public Health Conference, Birmingham
  • Collins L (December 2015) Communication and dementia. Invited Plenary Presentation. Dementia and End of Life Care Special Interest Group Study Day, London
  • Collins L (July 2015) End of life care in dementia: The role of the SLT. Invited Plenary Presentation. Speech and Language Therapy Study Day, Dublin
  • Collins L and Crossland J (November 2014) The experience of the peer facilitator: confidence to cascade. Paper Presentation. UK Dementia Congress
  • Collins L (September 2014) Developing effective SLT services for people with dementia related communication difficulties. Paper Presentation. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference
  • Collins L (May 2014) Eating and drinking in care homes: challenges for people living with dementia. Invited Plenary Presentation. Advancing Dysphagia Practice Seminars, Preston
  • Collins L (April 2013) The role of the speech and language therapist in dementia care. Invited Plenary Presentation. 3rd National Memory Clinic Conference, Dublin
  • Collins L (April 2013) Dysphagia and Older People’s Mental Health. Invited Workshop. Advancing Dysphagia Practice Seminars. University of Central Lancashire
  • Collins L and Slater J (November 2012) The role of assistants in dysphagia assessment and management. Invited Workshop. Advancing Dysphagia Practice Seminars. Middlesbrough

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