Mrs Rita Thakaria


Practising at

Spire Hartswood Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Rita Thakaria at Spire include:

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Professional profile

I am a clinical specialist speech and language therapist at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex. Working in conjunction with consultant neuroradiologist, Dr Sanjiv Chawda, I offer a videofluoroscopy service to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with swallowing problems. In addition to extensive experience in swallowing and acquired communication difficulties, I have a special interest in bilingualism for which I have presented at conferences and have published articles. I am passionate about the quality of care I give to her patients.

I graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London in 1994. I am currently the clinical specialist in Complex Oropharygneal Dysphagia and is the Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader of an award-winning and innovative speech and language therapy service for North East London Foundation Trust. I'm also a visiting lecturer at University College London.

Clinical Interests

Allied health professionals

Videofluoroscopy, Oropharygneal dysphagia, Acquired neurological communication difficulties, Head and neck cancer related communication and swallowing difficulties, Bilingualism.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Health Professionals Council
Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
Member of Association of Speech and Language Therapist Independent Practice (MASLTIP)

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Current NHS posts

Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader at North East London Foundation Trust. Visiting lecturer at UCL.

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Private contact details

Telephone Spire Hartswood 01277 266 766

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