Georgina Cope BSc (Hons), MSc., MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
I qualified in 2002 with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy Sciences from University College London. I initially worked in a college for young people with learning and physical difficulties before gaining a position in the NHS working with both adults and children. Since 2006, I have worked exclusively with children aged 0-18 years in a variety of settings including clinic, at home, in mainstream school/preschools and specialist schools/preschool provisions.
I worked for the NHS for 15 years, mainly based in a Child Development Centre alongside other health and education professionals. I specialised in seeing children with eating, drinking and/or swallowing difficulties, and preschool children with severe and complex needs (including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, head injury, children with sensory impairments, degenerative conditions etc). I then went on to work part-time in a specialist school for children with profound/multiple learning difficulties and in a mainstream preschool seeing children with speech and language difficulties.
I currently work part-time at the Portland hospital and Harley Street clinic seeing babies and children with a range of communication and feeding difficulties.
In 2013-2014, I completed some postgraduate training in psychoanalytical theory and child development at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. This training has informed my working practice with young children and their families – particularly thinking about the importance of early experiences (e.g. traumatic birth, early medical interventions) and the impact this has on development, wellbeing and the wider family.
I feel privileged to do the work that I do – working closely with families, watching their children grow and develop, and supporting them as best I can through their unique journeys. I am passionate about early intervention and helping children to reach their full potential – working on functional skills while supporting them to move forward in their development. From my own history, I feel I have some understanding of the impact and emotions a feeding difficulty has on a family and daily living. However, whether a feeding difficulty or a communication difficulty, I believe is important to acknowledge and support the emotional, practical, physical and psychological impact of such a difficulty on both a child and the wider family
I have extensive experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team – with families, health professionals and education professionals. Over the years, I have learnt a great deal from professional colleagues from other disciplines, and continue to reflect on this in how I support families and give advice.
I have developed and delivered a range of workshops and training packages to parents, education professionals and health professionals including packages about language/communication and eating/drinking difficulties. I am a trained Elkan trainer for “Speech and Language support for 5-11s”.
I am member of the Royal College of Speech and Language therapists (RCSLT) and The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am committed to maintaining my Continuing Professional Development through attending courses, further training and attending Clinical Excellence Networks groups (RCSLT CENs).
I have current clear enhanced certificate with the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).