Speech & Language Therapy

Manager Biography

Speech & Language Therapy Manager - Gina O'Donohue

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Gina has been the Speech and Language Therapy manager in St. James's Hospital since 1989.  She commenced work in St. James's in 1984 as the sole Speech and Language Therapist for the hospital and has developed the department to its current status where she is leading and managing a team of 18 Speech and Language Therapists and a Clerical Officer.  During this time she has led development of the following speciality areas within the department: Medicine for the Elderly, Head and Neck Oncology, Cleft Lip and Palate, and Radiation Oncology. 

Gina graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1983.  She has been involved with TCD for many years as a clinical tutor and has a strong commitment to student education.  She has completed the RCSI training programme in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare in 2013.  Special interests include delivering patient-centred quality care and the development of professional supervision for Speech and Language Therapists.  She was involved in the national leadout of Peer Supervision for Managers in 2012, a joint initiative with the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and the Association of Occupational Therapists (AOTI).  She has served as a committee member of the IASLT, held the position of chair of the National Speech and Language Therapy Managers' group and she is an integral member of the SCOPe executive team in St. James's Hosptial. 


The Speech and Language Therapy department consists of senior and basic grade therapists working across a range of speciality areas including:

• Medicine for the Elderly
• Cleft lip and palate
• Head and Neck Cancer
• General medicine and surgery
• Critical Care

There are a number of local, national and international level education, research and development projects being undertaken across all speciality areas.

Student Training

The department has an ongoing commitment to student training, and has an SLT practice tutor based on-site.  The practice tutor coordinates student placements, provides clinical tutorials and facilitates inter-professional learning opportunities for SLTs in training from both Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick.


All upcoming vacancies will be advertised in the "Careers" section of the St. James's Hospital website.  To enquire about specific vacancies within the department, please contact the SLT Manager directly, or the Human Resources Department.

Work Experience/ Open Days

A half day information session is held approximately twice a year.  The half day consists of a presentation and the opportunity to shadow therapists furing their working day.  It is targeted at Transition Year students, and anyone who may be interested in pursuing Speech and Language Therapy as a career.  Please contact the department for information.

Unfortunately it is not possible to accommodate requests for work experience due to high levels of demand and ongoing department commitments to undergraduate student training and other student placements affiliated with Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick.

It is recommended that anyone interested in Speech and Language Therapy as a career should visit the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists' website for more information.

Protocols and Information Leaflets

Below are some information leaflets that have been developed by the Speech & Language Therapy Department here in St James's Hospital. The leaflets aim to provide support and information to patients attending the department.  You are welcome to download these as needed.

Modified Fluids (PDF 7,937Kb)

Irish Consistency Descriptors (PDF 1,263Kb)

Using Your Speech Valve (PDF 45Kb)

Baseplate Systems (Glue) (PDF 404Kb)

Baseplate System (No Glue) (PDF 397Kb)

Emergencies with Valves (PDF 97Kb)

Guidelines for Using your Artifical Larynx (PDF 40Kb)

Blom-Singer Valve (PDF 123Kb)

Inserting a Catheter (PDF 52Kb)

Related Links

Medical Social Work

Clinical Nutrition

Occupational Therapy


SCOPe HSCP Directorate 

Useful Links

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT)

CORU, Health and Social Care Professionals Council

Connect: The Communication Disability Network

Irish Cancer Society