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 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.
Judi and Jenni continue to run the cervical auscultation course in early 2020.
Judi HibberdJudi has worked in the field of dysphagia since 1990, specialising in the use of clinical tools particularly cervical auscultation, pulse oximetry, videofluroscopy, FEES and EMG. Judi has taken part in several research studies the most recent being Predictors of Aspiration. Judi is regional advisor for dysphagia in adults with learning disabilities and was awarded Fellowship of the RCSLT in 2012.
Jenni FraserJenni 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 HanlonSarah 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.