Quest Training

Quest Training was formed by Jo Frost in 1999 to provide training for qualified speech and language therapists. Jo ran Quest Training alongside her role in the NHS for many years before setting up her independent speech & language therapy practice.

To date our focus has been on post registration dysphagia training which we offer in Birmingham at various times throughout the year. Over a thousand speech and language therapists have taken part in our training courses over the years and we have travelled across the England and Ireland to deliver our courses.

We will be running our courses at the Coventry University Conference Centre


Cervical Auscultation Course

Monday  19th  September 2022 THIS COURSE IS POSTPONED UNTIL 31ST OCTOBER 2022

Monday 5th December 2022 COURSE FULL



Post Registration Paediatric and ALD Dysphagia course on 20th  – 23rd  March 2023


Limited places are available. Places cannot be reserved.

You will need to provide full payment on receipt of an invoice or provide an NHS Purchase order number.

Please complete the online application form.

We aim to provide cost effective, evidence based training for speech and language therapists that is relevant and clinically applicable. Within our courses there is a strong emphasis on developing clinical skills and on- going self directed learning beyond the taught course.

In 2000 we began running the 4 day paediatric/ALD dysphagia course and the cervical auscultation course. Judi Hibberd and Jeanne Taylor were responsible for the course development and teaching. They also wrote the Jays Assessment of Dysphagia which has versions for therapists working with adults, children and adults with a learning disability which is available through Quest Training.

The Paediatric /ALD course is now being run by Sarah Hanlon and Jenni Fraser. Their expertise in this field and their close commitment with the course over many years ensures that the course retains all of its central core values as we move forward.

Following Judi's retirement in 2021 Jenni continues runs the cervical auscultation course.

Jenni Fraser

Jenni qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1995 and shortly after this completed her post-graduate training in Dysphagia for adults and school age children with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities. In 2008 she became a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist for Dysphagia, working with adults and school age children with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities, adults with Mental Health problems and older adults. Since 2013 she has also worked with adults and school age children with brain injuries.
Jenni is keen to use her skills in teaching and mentoring to support skill development in others. She has regular teaching engagements in Dysphagia and guest lectures at both Birmingham City University and Coventry University. Her research portfolio includes a number of articles published in RCSLT’s Bulletin and presentations at both the International Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting in Texas in 2011 and the UK Swallowing Research Group Conference in 2014

Sarah Hanlon

Sarah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1998 and has been Senior Specialist/Clinical Lead in Paediatric Dysphagia since 2001.

She has worked across a number of Acute and Community settings to provide clinical support to Paediatric and Neonatal Units along with taking a consultative and supervisory role within Special Schools. She has also worked within young adult neuro-rehabilitation.

Sarah began teaching this course in 2015. She has a passion to ensure dysphagia practitioners begin their journey with a deep understanding of this field. This ensures high standards of confidence and skill in effective assessment and management, whilst also appreciating how important their role is in enhancing the quality of life of their clients and families.