SIA award for Jackie
The Spinal Injuries Association annual awards were held recently at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham with the theme of ‘Rebuilding Lives’ to recognize the achievements of outstanding individuals. The prestigious event for over 200 people included 17 categories and showcased inspirational stories of hard work and determination. Among the winners was Jackie McRae, Speech and Language Therapist at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
Jackie has worked in the field of spinal cord injury for over ten years, presenting nationally and internationally on the management of swallowing problems and communication in those with high spinal cord injury. Her nomination commendation said “she is a fine example of bridging the gap between research and clinical practice and does so with ease and integrity”.
Jackie is currently undertaking a three year PhD study to develop a swallow screening tool to help identify problems earlier and target therapy. This has been funded by the National Institute of Health Research as part of a clinical doctoral research fellowship. For details of the study see www.daisyproject.info