Ms Lucy Southby, BA (Hons), MSc

Ms Lucy Southby, BA (Hons), MSc

Speech and Language Therapist

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005 with an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences from University College London. I have spent time working in different clinical settings in the UK and New Zealand including, acute hospital in-patient settings with both adults and children, a craniofacial unit and a child development centre. I have always had a specific interest in working with people who have been born with a cleft palate and may have speech difficulties related to their cleft, or who have non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction. I have worked in cleft units in the UK and New Zealand and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2011. My current clinical role is as Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Cleft.NET.East, the regional cleft lip and palate service based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. I am also the Chair of the Early Career Researchers in Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions group which is a sub-group of the Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions Clinical Studies Group. The Early Career Researchers group aims to develop research capability across the multi-disciplinary team working in cleft units throughout the UK and Ireland.

Current research

HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship I commenced my PhD in June 2016 after being awarded a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. I am registered for my PhD at the University of Bristol and am investigating the relationship between speech processing skills and speech articulation at the age of 5 years in children born with a cleft palate.