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VOCAL CLINICS FORUM Multidisciplinary management of functional voice disorders 2024

Multidisciplinary management of functional voice disorders

FRIDAY 23 February 2024
09.00 – 17:15 (Registration from 8.45)

St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH

Functional voice disorders and muscle tension imbalance disorders account for almost half of the patients presenting to ENT/voice clinics with voice problems. This event will be discussing classification of functional voice disorders, the diagnostic assessment and treatment approaches available in the UK. The aim of the day is for the voice clinic team to develop skills in assessment and diagnosis and to develop knowledge about available therapeutic approaches that may be of benefit to this patient group. It will also incorporate practical voice therapy treatment in the clinic using visual feedback to aid patients’ compliance and understanding of therapy goals.

We encourage you to attend in your teams if possible. The day is highly relevant to ENT consultants specialising in laryngology, voice-specialist speech and language therapists, singing teachers, voice teachers, physiotherapists and osteopaths working with professional voice users.

Presenters and Session Chairs

  • ANNIE ELIAS - Consultant SLT
  • LUKE ALDRIDGE-WADDON - Psychologist
  • NICK GIBBINS - Consultant ENT Surgeon
  • NIKOS SPANTIDEAS (Ch) - ENT Surgeon/Laryngologist
  • REHAB AWAD - Clinical Lead SLT
  • SALLY DENNIS - Clinical Lead SLT
  • THANH THI TRAN - Physiotherapist
  • TOM BUTLER - Senior Specialist SLT
  • TORI BURNAY - Clinical Lead SLT

Ticket Pricing

  • BVA members: £130/£105 (early bird rate before 24 January)
  • Non-BVA: £150/£120 (early bird rate)
  • Student/recent graduate: £45 (no lunch provided)
  • Live Stream/Recording Only: £80 (BVA members)/£90 (Non-BVA)

Recording link included in all prices


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Time Event Speakers/Hosts
8:45 Registration
9:00 WELCOME and housekeeping Tori Burnay
9:05 Setting the scene – What shall we call those voices? Annie Elias
9:20 SESSION 1 (Chair: Rehab Awad)
Clinical presentations in the multidisciplinary voice clinic
Nick Gibbins
10:05 Clinical presentations in the Performer specialist voice clinic Tory Burnay
10:45 Delivering initial diagnosis and joint planning with the individual and the team Nick Gibbins
11:15 SESSION 2 (Chair: Nikos Spantideas)
Assessment of whole body and impact on laryngeal mechanism
Thanh Tri Tran
12:00 Psychological considerations when working with voice difficulties: what? so what and now what? Luke Aldridge-Waddon
12:50 Questions
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 SESSION 3 (Chair: Tori Burnay)
Working psychologically with voice – an SLT perspective
Annie Elias
15:00 Research Session
16:15 SESSION 4 (Chair: Tori Burnay)
Treatment nasendoscopy case presentations and discussions
Sally Dennis, Tom Butler
17:15 CLOSE


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