Alison Drewett short bio

AlisonDrewitt.jpgAlison Drewett is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working in a clinical team in the Autism Diagnostic Clinic for Adults based in Leicester. She also has experience of working with autistic individuals with learning disabilities in a community service, as well as working with autistic adults admitted into psychiatric wards as a therapist in an in-patient service. She is currently in her second year of a PhD Studentship funded by CLAHRC-EM, NIHR, as part of their Clinical Academic Programme, and this is jointly supervised by Dr Michelle O’Reilly in the Department of Media, Communication and Sociology, and Prof Terry Brugha in the Department of Health Sciences, at the University of Leicester. The research uses a video-reflexive ethnographic design within a conversation analytic approach to investigate decision-making in mental health hospital ward rounds for autistic patients, particularly around requests for home leave and discharge. It also uses collaborative interviews with staff to facilitate quality improvements in communication practices. This research has recently been granted ethical approval and fieldwork is due to start shortly. Alison is also an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences.

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