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Dr. Hazel Roddam

Principal Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB129

+44 (0) 1772 89 5484

hroddam@uclan.ac.uk

Hazel is a Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience as a clinician and manager, working within NHS and local authority contexts. Her clinical expertise is particularly around working with individuals who have motor movement disorders, including cerebral palsy. In addition to these clinical perspectives, Hazel has developed a portfolio of research around evidence-based practice across all the Allied Health Professions.

Hazel is research active within the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

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Hazel took up her post as a researcher at UCLan in 2006 and aims to encourage increased collaborative links with local clinicians, to focus on applied research on clinical topics and on workforce issues.

Hazel is the Chair of Council for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). She is also the UK representative on the European Professional Practice Commission (CPLOL) for Speech and Language Therapy associations.

Advancing Dysphagia Practice
Cumbria and Lancashire Allied Health Professions Research Hub

Publications

2012 Roddam, H Moving on as a research-active clinician. In Dobinson, C and Wren, Y. Creating Practice-Based Evidence: A guide for Busy Clinicians, J&R Press

More publications

Research

Projects

Blackburn with Darwen PCT, Support for Evidence-Based Practice: an evaluation report for Blackburn with
Darwen Speech and Language Therapy Service Lead consultant

North Lancashire PCT, Providing enhanced speech and language therapy using computer technology Lead
consultant

Samuel Lindow Foundation, Promoting pupil attainment and social inclusion by enhancing the spoken
language skills of children in Moss Bay Ward. Principal Investigator in collaboration with Southfield
Technology College, Workington

Centre for Human Communication and Deafness, University of Manchester. The role of SLT Assistants in
working with children who have Specific Language Impairment (SLI) Principal Investigator

University of Oulu, Finland. Mapping practice onto theory in speech and language therapy approaches to
motor speech impairment in children who have cerebral palsy: a Finnish perspective Principal Investigator

Centre for Human Communication and Deafness, University of Manchester. Mapping practice onto theory in
speech and language therapy approaches to motor speech impairment in children who have cerebral palsy: a
UK perspective Principal Investigator

Comenius University, Slovakia. Mapping practice onto theory in speech and language therapy approaches to
motor speech impairment in children who have cerebral palsy: a UK perspective Principal Investigator

Cheshire and Merseyside Network for Permanent Hearing Impairment. Key indicators of
Persistent social communication difficulties for children with permanent severe/profound
hearing loss: expert consensus by Specialist Speech and Language Therapists. Principal Investigator

Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Evaluation of the impact of new models of practice for Children’s
Therapy Services. Principal Investigator

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Development of a Quality Assurance tool ‘Q-SET’ for
managers of Speech and Language Therapy services Lead consultant

UCLan Harris award, An investigation of two models for optimising undergraduate experience of research
through inter-disciplinary journal clubs.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network, Development of a protocol for determining AHP roles in
cancer care services.

NHS NorthWest, Building Research Capacity in Allied Health Professions: Embedding benchmarking for
departmental EBP culture.

NHS NorthWest, Assistant Practitioner Development: Evaluation of the impact of introducing Assistant
Practitioners, a National Study.

Jobskin, Functional benefits of lycra suits in the management of Cerebral Palsy

Greater Manchester SHA, Building Research Capacity in Allied Health Professions: Benchmarking for
departmental culture

Research

Areas of Interest

  • Evaluation of organisational culture to promote evidence-based practice,
  • Clinical decision-making and knowledge use by Allied Health Professionals,
  • Evaluation of the impact of new roles within health and social care organisations,
  • Development of self-evaluation quality assurance measures for healthcare organisations,
  • Design of quality of life measures for individuals who have speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties,
  • Complex physical and sensory impairments,
  • Electronic communication aids and other assistive technologies,
  • Profiles of language disorder and communicative competence with moderate learning difficulty,
  • Evaluation of complex healthcare interventions using mixed methodology designs,
  • Evaluations of collaborative team working in multi-disciplinary and inter-agency partnerships.

External Activities

External roles: International

  • 2011-13 Research supervisor, University of Newcastle, SW Australia

External roles: National

  • 2011-13 Member of Research Steering Group A randomised controlled trial of Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia after brain injury.
  • 2011-13 Member of Research Steering Group for NIHR Programme Grant: Evidence-based interventions for pre-school children with primary speech and language impairment 
External roles: Regional and local 
  • Founder member of Cumbria and Lancashire Allied Health Professions Research Hub
  • Co-leader of local NHS PCT research interest group for Allied Health Professionals
  • Member of Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Allied Health Professions Evidence-Based Practice Strategy Group
  • Chair of regional Communication Aids Project Assessment Team (BECTa funded initiative)
  • Honorary Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy (BSc Hons), University of Manchester (Developmental
  • Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Paediatric Dysphagia, Clinical Effectiveness)