Sue Hinds – Head of Services, Dementia Carers Count 

Sue has worked as lead Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) within NHS dementia services, contributing to the memory assessment and post-diagnostic support services. As an SLT, her involvement was usually called upon for assessment and support of rarer types of dementia. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in this area, specifically in the language variants, communication challenges and eating, drinking, and swallowing aspects. She remains involved within her local NHS services, contributing to the education and training programme delivery. She is a qualified coach and utilises this across her work.

She was the joint founder of a clinical excellence network for Speech and Language Therapists in the southwest of England and Wales aimed at developing the knowledge and skills within her own profession to support people with dementia and their families and she contributed to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Dementia Position Paper.

After initially becoming involved with the charity in 2017 as a consultant practitioner, Sue has worked full-time for Dementia Carers Count as Head of Services since 2020, leading the operational management of the charity’s services and contributing to the delivery of its strategic objectives. She has led the development of services from face to face three- and one-day courses to now include an extensive list of online offers and the Virtual Carers Centre on the Dementia Carers Count website.