Speech & language therapy team

photo of Claire JepsonClaire Jepson
Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Community Solutions & the Specialist Colleges

I have worked for the Hesley Group as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist since June 2017, I am based across Community Solutions at Thorne and the Specialist Colleges. Prior to this role I have worked for over two years as an NQP at one of the ICAN specialist schools where I gained invaluable skills working with students aged 16-19 with complex communication needs and Autism. 

I graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2015 after returning to university to undertake the post-graduate diploma in Kent. My undergraduate degree is in Drama and Media. I discovered the world of speech and language therapy whilst working as a learning support assistant in a local college. I found it extremely motivating to help students reach their goals and have a positive impact on their learning. Before this I taught English as a foreign language, I worked in various summer schools throughout the country and even spent six months teaching English in Bangkok. Combining my love for communication and helping others, Speech and Language Therapy seemed like the perfect career choice! Throughout my training I supported young adults with complex needs, this experience really helped me to gain an understanding of the challenges faced by these individuals and their families. 

Outside of work I love to travel, I’ve previously lived in Canada and I’m aiming to visit Machu Picchu in the near future. I also enjoy yoga, fitness and I’m currently learning to play the ukulele, though so far it’s slow progress! Professionally I wish to undertake the Makaton local tutor course and continue to develop my skills and knowledge within the field of autism and complex needs. 

Meet another member of the SALT Team...
Anna Backhouse - Consultant Speech & Language Therapist and Director of Therapeutic Services
Emma Tester - Senior Speech and Language Therapist at Wilsic Hall School
Jenni Stone - Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist across the Hesley Group
Patricia Bugembe - Speech and Language Therapist at Low Laithes
Portia Hayes - Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Fullerton House School
Tilly Rocca - Speech and Language Therapist at Hesley Village
Jade Newell - Therapy Assistant at Wilsic Hall School
Katy Earley - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village
Dave Sidebottom - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village & Community Solutions
Natalie Foster - Therapy Assistant at Low Laithes