Speech & language therapy team

Image of Anna BackhouseAnna Backhouse
Consultant Speech & Language Therapist and Director of Therapeutic Services

I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1992 with a degree in Linguistics. I then completed an Msc in Language Pathology from Newcastle University. I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1996.

I have worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and complex needs throughout my career. I began working in Sunderland in 1996. At that time there was no speech and language therapy service for adults with learning disabilities. By the time I left Sunderland in 2009 I was head of an established service that worked with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers across the city. The service had a high profile and was an integral part of the wider health and social care multi-disciplinary team in the Sunderland Learning Disabilities Partnership. 

In 2009 I moved to South Yorkshire and joined Hesley Group as Consultant Lead Speech and Language Therapist. I developed an in-house Speech and Language Therapy team that worked closely with the operational teams in each of the services.

I took up the role of operations manager for adults in 2012. This was a great opportunity to promote the integration of care clinical and educational teams across the adult services. I then moved into my current role in 2015 as Lead for the Therapeutic Services Team. 

Meet another member of the SALT Team:
Emma Tester - Senior Speech and Language Therapist at Wilsic Hall School
Claire Jepson - Senior Speech and Language Therapist at Community Solutions & the Specialist Colleges
Jenni Stone - Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist across the Hesley Group
Patricia Bugembe - Speech and Language Therapist at Low Laithes
Portia McIntosh - Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Fullerton House School
Katy Earley - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village
Jade Newell - Therapy Assistant at Wilsic Hall School
Dave Sidebottom - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village & Community Solutions