Sarah Edney

Sarah Edney
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust · Speech and Language Therapy

BSpPath MHSc MClinResMethods


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Sarah Edney is the Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Neonatology and Infant Feeding at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah's research interests include infant feeding and swallowing disorders and parental experiences of neonatal therapy assessment and interventions. She is currently undertaking an HEE/NIHR funded Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship at Newcastle University.


Publications (7)
Background: Studies to inform feeding interventions on neonatal units are lacking. This study aims to compare gestational age and medical history as methods of identifying infants at higher risk of developing feeding difficulties by 40 weeks gestational age. Method: A retrospective case note analysis was conducted on a level 3 neonatal unit. Infant...
Background: Parent involvement in neonatal care is beneficial to families and infant outcomes. Few studies have explored parental experiences of neonatal therapy participation. Purpose: This study had 2 purposes: (1) to explore parental attitudes and beliefs about participating in neonatal therapies and (2) to identify barriers and facilitators...
Infants needing the support of a neonatal unit have unique, individual needs that require a Synactive approach to enable effective management of both the environment and the infant themselves (Als, 1986). Parents working in partnership with neonatal colleagues play an essential role in developing competent skills to appraise an infant's function. F...
Background Although brain injury is known to be associated with feeding outcomes in preterm and unwell neonates, these groups are frequently excluded from studies of neonatal feeding development. This paper aims to identify the short-term feeding outcomes of infants with neonatal brain injury. Methods A retrospective cohort analysis was undertaken...
Infants born preterm are at high risk of developing speech, language and communication difficulties in their early years. Published literature investigating early parent - infant interaction often describe “communication” with reference to early bonding. Strategies such as bonding, attachment, responsiveness to cues and skin to skin care are essent...
Dysphagia is a common symptom of Parkinson's disease and can have negative consequences for physical health and quality of life. A variety of treatment options are available to clinicians working with people who have dysphagia and Parkinson's disease. These options can be broadly categorized as being compensatory or rehabilitative in nature. To exp...


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This is a preliminary study that will explore parental experiences of neonatal therapies prior to the future development of a parent-delivered neonatal feeding intervention.