I work part-time in the role of School Director for Research for the School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care and have an honorary contract with St George's Hospital as Consultant Speech and Language Therapist. I have over 25 years experience in the NHS working with adults with acquired speech, language and swallowing impairments. I specialise in complex dysphagia and team management of tracheostomy and ventilator weaning of critical care patients to faciliate talking and eating. I have been awarded two NIHR funded postgraduate training fellowships - MClinRes and Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) which focus on the acute management of dysphagia in people with a cervical spinal cord injury, developing a screening tool for early intervention. I employed both quantitative and qualitative methods, including a Delphi consensus.
I am an NIHR mentor and training advocate for Speech and Language Therapy, as well as clinical adviser and Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
In 2018 I won the Advancing Healthcare Award as HEE/NIHR Research Champion. My aim is to demonstrate the impact of AHPs through research and enhance research opportunities for clinical and academic staff through the School.
School Director Research & Enterprise
I have conducted a range of clinical audits and service evaluations in my clinical leadership role.
My research has 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 hope to extend this work nationally.
McRae, Jackie, Montgomery, Elizabeth, Garstang, Zoe and Cleary, Eibhlin (2019) The role of speech and language therapists in the intensive care unit. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, ISSN (print) 1751-1437 (Epub Ahead of Print)
McRae, Jackie (2018) The role of speech and language therapy in critical care. ICU Management & Practice, 18(2), pp. 128-131.
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, .