Dr Jackie McRae


I work part-time in the role of Director for Research in the Centre for Allied Health, part of the joint faculty between Kingston University and St George's University of London. I am a Speech and Language Therapist by background with over 25 years experience in the NHS working with adults with acquired speech, language and swallowing impairments. I continue to work part time as a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and recently set up and led the service at NHS Nightingale London delivering specialist interventions to patients with COVID-19. https://bit.ly/3dYWuBu

My research focuses on complex dysphagia (swallowing impairments) and its effective management in those with acute cervical spinal cord injury as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach. I was awarded two postgraduate training fellowships by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) - MClinRes (2010) and Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) (2014) using mixed methods to identify clinical practices, lived experiences and expert consensus. http://daisyproject.info/

I currently mentor a number of awardees of the NIHR schemes and have been appointed as an NIHR Training Advocate for Speech and Language Therapy. I am a clinical adviser and research champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and sit on a number of expert panels revising our practices in the light of COVID-19.

In 2018 I won the Advancing Healthcare Award as HEE/NIHR Research Champion. My aim is to enhance research opportunities for our staff and develop the evidence that demonstrates the impact of our research in healthcare and education.

Twitter: @DrJackieM

Academic responsibilities

School Director Research & Enterprise


  • PhD Dysphagia (NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship), UCL
  • MClinRes (NIHR), University of Hertfordshire
  • BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences, UCL
  • Certificate in First Line Management
  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist (HCPC)

Teaching and learning

I deliver teaching to the MRes module and a number of ACP modules around rehabilitation in critical care and healthcare leadership. In my clinical role, I regularly provide training and support for clinicians in practice.


Previous to my formal research qualification, I conducted clinical audits, service evaluations and quality improvement projects in my clinical leadership roles.

In developing my research enquiry, I presented case studies and cohort data at national and international conferences. This helped to fulfil the requirements for my NIHR fellowship application. My research employed mixed methods such as surveys, focus groups, Delphi consensus and interviews to capture clinical decision-making and the lived experience of those with acute cervical spinal cord injury patients. Through this I have developed best practice recommendations for acute services and a swallow risk screening tool for early intervention. I have published a number of papers on my research and continue to co-author on topics related to Speech and Language Therapy practice in the critical care environment.

I supervise and mentor a number of clinicians who are on the internship, pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) and Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) programmes. I am part of a clinical academic career pathway group, aiming to improve post-doctoral opportunities for allied health professionals. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • RCSLT Research Champion
  • NIHR Training Advocate (Speech and Language Therapy)
  • NIHR Mentor

Areas of specialism

  • Critical care
  • Ventilator and tracheostomy weaning
  • Complex dysphagia management
  • Speech and Language Therapy (adults)


Number of items: 8.


Allen, Jodi, Rossano, Gabriella and McRae, Jackie (2021) Mouth care challenges and the use of the COVID-19 oral grading system : identifying risk factors for extubation in patients with COVID-19. ICU Management and Practice, 21(1), pp. 52-60. ISSN (print) 1377-7564

Freeman-Sanderson, Amy, Ward, Elizabeth C., Miles, Anna, de Pedro Netto, Irene, Duncan, Sallyanne, Inamoto, Yoko, McRae, Jackie, Pillay, Natasha, Skoretz, Stacey A., Walshe, Margaret and Brodsky, Martin B. (2020) A consensus statement for the management and rehabilitation of communication and swallowing function in the ICU : a global response to COVID-19. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ISSN (print) 0003-9993 (Epub Ahead of Print)

McRae, Jackie, Montgomery, Elizabeth, Garstang, Zoe and Cleary, Eibhlin (2020) The role of speech and language therapists in the intensive care unit. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 21(4), pp. 344-348. ISSN (print) 1751-1437

McRae, Jackie, Smith, Christina, Emmanuel, Anton and Beeke, Suzanne (2020) The experiences of individuals with cervical spinal cord injury and their family during post-injury care in non-specialised and specialised units in UK. BMC Health Services Research, 20, p. 783. ISSN (online) 1472-6963

McRae, Jackie, Smith, Christina, Beeke, Suzanne and Emmanuel, Anton (2019) Oropharyngeal dysphagia management in cervical spinal cord injury patients : an exploratory survey of variations to care across specialised and non-specialised units. Spinal Cord Series and Cases, 5, p. 31. ISSN (online) 2058-6124

McRae, Jackie (2018) The role of speech and language therapy in critical care. ICU Management & Practice, 18(2), pp. 128-131.

Book Section

McRae, Jackie, Ginnelly, Aeron, Newman, Helen, Clunie, Gemma and Viviers, Mari (2020) The power of communication. In: Boulanger, Carole and McWilliams, David, (eds.) Passport to successful ICU discharge. Cham, Switzerland : Springer Nature. pp. 101-116. ISBN 9783030389154


McRae, Jacqueline (2018) Dysphagia following acute cervical spinal cord injury (DAISY) : identification of current practice and development of a swallow screening tool. (PhD thesis), University College London, .

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

As an expert Speech and Language Therapist working in secondary care, I support a range of allied health professionals in optimising their practice through systematic problem-solving and decision frameworks.  

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • RCSLT Expert Panel and Clinical Adviser
  • RCSLT Research Champion

Leadership and management

I provide supervision and guidance for staff who are undertaking research, whilst supporting grant applications and academic writing to achieve successful publication.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Certificate in First Line Management

University responsibilities

  • Director of Research

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Member of St George's Charity Arts Advisory Group

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