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Speech and language therapist scoops national innovation award

Gill Rudd receiving her Giving Voice award.
Gill is pictured receiving her award from President of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Sir George Cox
Congratulations to speech and language therapist Gill Rudd, who has won a national innovation award for her contribution to her profession.

Gill won the accolade as part of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ annual Giving Voice awards, which highlight the life-changing work of speech and language therapists and celebrate their creativity and commitment to the profession.

Gill impressed judges with her  ‘tireless’ campaigning across Birmingham and the UK, including raising awareness via social media and participating in flash mobs.

Gill, who works across Birmingham predominantly with children but also with adults who stammer, received several nominations in which she was described as ‘an inspiration’ with a ‘contagious enthusiasm and dedication to the campaign’.

She said: "I am shocked but absolutely delighted to have received a Giving Voice Award.

"I have been involved with Giving Voice for the past three years and have loved being part of something so close to my heart – raising awareness of the role of speech and language therapy and the part it plays in transforming the lives of those with communication and swallowing difficulties.

“I am passionate about continuing to support the development of the profession, as well as campaigning to ensure that children and adults are able to access high quality services in a timely way."