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Claire Mitchell (MRCSLT, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD), Research fellow for NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester and Senior Clinical Lecturer.

Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in adult acquired neurological conditions, has worked in the NHS for 20 years. Claire was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Fellowship in 2014 to undertake her PhD which was completed in 2017. This fellowship, ReaDySpeech for people with dysarthria after stroke: a feasibility study, was looking at the feasibility of using technology for speech rehabilitation for people with post-stroke dysarthria.


I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS since 1996 in paediatrics, adult learning disability and adult acquired conditions. My area of interest and expertise is in adult acquired neurological conditions, specialising in Stroke and Brain Injury dysphagia and communication disorders. I was awarded my MPhil in 2000 looking at dysphagia in Stroke. Alongside my clinical work I have worked for 10 years as a Senior Clinical Lecturer (teaching focussed) at The University of Manchester and was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Fellowship in 2014-2017 to undertake my PhD. My research interest is around the development and use of technology in speech rehabilitation after Stroke. 

Previous Appointments:

September 2003 – Sep 2014:

Clinical Education Lead in Speech and Language Therapy, University of Manchester and Senior Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT).

March 1996 – September 2003: 

Speech and Language Therapist, Salford community and Salford Royal Healthcare Trust

Research interests

I have been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship for 3 years to complete my PhD. My research is looking at using technology for speech rehabiliatation after stroke. Supervised by Dr Paul Conroy, Dr Audrey Bowen and Professor Sarah Tyson.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Health Professions Council
  • British Aphasiology Society
  • Member of the Neurosciences and Aphasia Research Unit, The University of Manchester
  • The Society for Research in Rehabilitation


  • BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Masters Degree (MPhil) in Dysphagia Research, University of Manchester

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, ReaDySpeech a feasibility study for people with dysarthria after stroke, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 24 Nov 2017

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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