Mrs Sam Burr, BA, MSc
Speech and Language Therapist
In 2009 I completed the BA in German and Linguistic Science at University of York and worked as a freelance translator in Germany (Deutsche Welle, Berlin) and England, while I gathered volunteering experience with children and adults with speech, language and communication needs. In 2011 I began my professional training at University College London and completed the MSc Speech & Language Sciences in 2013. In September 2013 I accepted a NQP post with Solent NHS Trust as a community paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, and in June 2015 I took up a Band 6 role within the trust and continued to develop my specialist interest in speech sound disorders and research. In March 2016 I secured funding from Solent NHS Trust to complete a Clinical Academic Internship to support the preparation of my application for an HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. My application was successful and the 4-year fellowship began in June 2017. I am keen to promote research activity within clinical settings and act as a Research Champion for my trust and for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). I am also a Clinical Academic mentor through the RCSLT offering support to clinical colleagues looking to explore the clinical academic career pathway.
HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship
“The effect of different feeding methods and sucking behaviours on speech sound development in children aged 2-5 years”.
1. To describe the relationship between feeding, sucking and speech development.
2. To describe the different effects that breast and bottle-feeding have on speech development.
3. To support healthcare professionals to identify young children who might be at risk of SSD.
4. To make recommendations for further research into using different types of assessment and therapy for breast and bottle-fed children.
5. To work with dummy and baby bottle industries to support the development of teats that reduce any impact on speech development.
Alongside my PhD work, I am developing a concept around the Allied Health Professional (AHP) clinical academic (CA) role with the aim of clarifying the role, associated responsibilities and added value for clinicians, researchers and managers. The main aim of this work is to facilitate conversations about CA roles between managers and clinicians with the use of a novel concept to map out and evidence CA activity, as well as supporting identification of skill areas for further development.