Speech & language therapy team

SALT photoJenni Stone
Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist across the Hesley Group


I am a Clinical Specialist SLT and have been working for the Hesley Group since February 2015. I currently work across all the sites offering support to the rest of the SLT team. This involves clinical supervision and also some joint working with the aim of sharing skills and expertise. I’m also involved in service development work as we look to continually improve how we work with and support the people who live here within the Hesley Group. 

Prior to working for the Hesley Group I have worked in the NHS in Leeds and Norfolk in a range of settings. Over the 10 years I have been working I have specialised in working with children and young people with complex needs, autism and learning disabilities. In my last post in Norfolk the training project I worked on won several awards for innovation and impact. It has been fun getting a chance to work with adults since joining the Hesley Group, learning new skills and adapting what I have done in the past with the people here. 

I trained as an SLT in Leeds and was inspired by my mum, who is an Occupational Therapist. Hearing her talk about the work she and her colleagues were doing with adults with learning disabilities got me hooked. Outside of work I spend most of my time looking after my busy and delightful one year old. We enjoy days trips out as a family and spotting elephants, her favourite animal - it’s amazing how many elephants there are out there!

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
Claire Jepson - Senior Speech and Language Therapist at Community Solutions & the Specialist Colleges
Patricia Bugembe - Speech and Language Therapist at Low Laithes
Portia McIntosh - Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Fullerton House School
Tilly Rocca - Speech and Language Therapist at Hesley Village
Katy Earley - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village
Jade Newell - Therapy Assistant at Wilsic Hall School
Dave Sidebottom - Therapy Assistant at Hesley Village & Community Solutions