Dr Hazel Roddam

Dr. Hazel Roddam

Reader in Allied Health Practice

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB129

+44 (0) 1772 89 5484


Hazel is a Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience as a clinician and manager, working within NHS and local authority contexts. Her clinical expertise is particularly around working with individuals who have motor movement disorders, including cerebral palsy and other neurological long-term conditions. Hazel’s work is focused on increasing practitioners’ skills and confidence to apply research evidence in their routine practice across all the Allied Health Professions.

Hazel is research active within the area of Rehabilitation Sciences and is a member of the Allied Health Research Unit.

Full Profile

Hazel worked for 25 years as a clinical Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) prior to joining the Allied Health Research unit at UCLan. Hazel’s specialist clinical skills included alternative communication approaches and the assessment and management of eating and swallowing difficulties. Her doctoral study investigated the influences on SLTs’ perceptions and use of research evidence. From that study Hazel published her first book in 2010 “Embedding evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy: International examples”. This book includes invited chapters from SLTs across all continents and highlights the universal challenges for the profession. It has since become widely used as a core text for speech therapy students across the world, including being translated into Danish.

Since 2006 Hazel has established an international profile of supporting research capacity building in clinical services across UK: working with individual practitioners and teams to raise their awareness of the research environment, to implement research evidence into practice, to undertake practice-based research and service evaluations, and to disseminate innovative good practice. Hazel’s knowledge transfer work in EBP has achieved significant impact and recognition world-wide, as reflected in her substantial list of invited international keynote lectures and advisory roles.

In addition to supervising research students, Hazel leads regular professional development workshops and conferences, plus online forums; all with the purpose of increasing practitioners’ skills and confidence to apply research evidence in their own daily work. Hazel has pioneered virtual learning communities to support continuing professional development for AHPs. These initiatives include international video links for her multi-disciplinary Advancing Dysphagia Practice conference events. Hazel launched a unique online research support network and hosts a monthly inter-professional journal club on Twitter (#ReSNetSLT). The online journal club was launched in January 2016, with a total reach of over 2,000,000 linked Twitter accounts in the first year. This online community has continued to grow steadily, with regular international participation and has subsequently led to the launch of a German language initiative #Logo_JC.

Throughout her career Hazel has always actively supported the work of the UK professional association – the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), and she was the elected Chair of the Board of Trustees 2010 – 2012. Hazel also represented RCSLT in the European commission of SLT associations (CPLOL) from 2008 – 2019; which led to many fruitful links and insights into professional education and service delivery in other national healthcare settings. It was these links that first led to Hazel’s introduction to Hochschule fur Gesundheit (hsg) Bochum in 2015. Hazel said: “I am so proud of what has been achieved through this collaboration and look forward to continuing to build further links to benefit students and colleagues at UCLan and at Bochum”. Hazel also said: “when I received the news that I was to be the first person to be awarded the prestigious title of Associate Member hsg Bochum I felt very deeply honoured, and absolutely delighted”.

Academic qualifications
  • Higher Education Academy Standard Descriptor Level 2, 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Student Supervision, University of Central Lancashire, 2008
  • PhD, University of Manchester: “The use of research evidence in Speech and Language Therapy departments: an interpretive study”, 2006
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Dysphagia, University of Strathclyde, 1998
  • MA Special Educational Needs, University of Lancaster: “The case for case study: The impact of voice-output communication technology”, 1995
  • BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy, University of Manchester, 1981





2019 Key Concepts for making informed Choices Jeffrey Aronson, Astrid Dahlgren, Eric Barends, Robert Boruch, Marnie Brennan, Iain Chalmers, Joe Chislett, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Andy Haines, Carl Heneghan, Marie Gaarder, Robert Matthews, Brandy Maynard, Nicola Randall, Andrew Oxman, Matt Oxman, Andrew Pullin, Hazel Roddam, Anel Schoonees, Jonathan Sharples, Ruth Stewart, Janet Stott, Ray Tallis, Nerys Thomas, Luke Vale NATURE 15th August 2019

2019 McCurtin, Arlene, Murphy, Carol-Anne, Roddam, Hazel Moving beyond traditional understandings of evidence based practice: A total evidence and knowledge approach (TEKA) to treatment evaluation and clinical decision-making in speech-language pathology. Seminars in Speech and Language. ISSN 0734-0478

2019 Roddam, Hazel, Rog, David, Janssen, Jessie, Wilson, Neil, Cross, Lucy, Olajide, Olufemi and Dey, Paola Inequalities in access to health and social care among adults with multiple sclerosis: A scoping review of the literature. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 28 pp. 290-304. ISSN 2211-0348

2019 Skeat, Jemma and Roddam, Hazel The qual-CAT: applying a rapid review approach to qualitative research to support clinical decision-making in speech-language pathology practice. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 13 (1-2). pp. 3-14. ISSN 1748-9539

More publications

Research Activities

  • Evaluation of organisational culture to promote evidence-based practice,
  • Clinical decision-making and knowledge use by Allied Health Professionals,
  • Evaluation of the impact of new roles within health and social care organisations,
  • Development of self-evaluation quality assurance measures for healthcare organisations,
  • Digital health technologies – including telerehabilitation, electronic communication aids and therapy apps
  • Evaluation of complex healthcare interventions using mixed methodology designs,
  • Evaluations of collaborative team working in multi-disciplinary and inter-agency partnerships.


Research Support Network (ReSNet) Director

Advancing Dysphagia Practice Co-Director

Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) National Executive: funding for

Cumbria and Lancashire Hub research mentorship Lead Applicant

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (partnership with University of Manchester and Salford NHS) PB-PG-1014-35011 – A new speech and language therapy intervention for children who have Social Communication Disorder: feasibility and acceptability to service users and practitioners Co-applicant

Health Education England (HEE) Clinical Academic Research Careers Lead Applicant

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, Module lead
  • University Certificate in Multi-Professional Practice in Dysphagia Care
  • MSc in Allied Health Practice, Dissertation Module lead
  • MSc in Physiotherapy Professional Practice, Dissertation Module lead
  • MSc in Sports Medicine, Dissertation Module lead

External Activities

2019 Awarded the title of “Associate Member” Hochschule fur Gesundheit Bochum

2016-18 Elected Vice Chair of national Strategy Board for Council for Allied Health Professional Research (CAHPR)

2015 Invited Expert Reviewer for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluations, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre

2015 Invited Expert Reviewer for Map of Medicine Dysphagia Pathway editorial team

2014-16 Elected Vice Chair of national Hub Leaders’ Forum for Council for Allied Health Professional Research (CAHPR)            

2010-12 Chair of Council, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)


Professional education standards and frameworks for developing clinical competences across the allied health disciplines in UK Invited presentation for Hochschulverbund Gesundheitsfachsberufe, Frankfurt, Germany 7th June 2019

Il ragionamento clinico in Logopedia: Clinical reasoning in Speech and Language Therapy Invited presentation for Federazione Logopedisti Italiani, Palermo, Sicily 5th October 2018

Professional issues in paediatric dysphagia: what are the implications for research and clinical practice? Invited lecture 4th Speech Language Therapists’ Congress of Baltic States EAT SAFE, SPEAK BRAVE! Riga, Latvia 24 Feb 2017

Evidence-based Practice for SLPs in Iceland: working together to strengthen the knowledge base and clinical decision-making. Invited lecture National Hearing and Speech Institute Reykjavík, Iceland 25 Nov 2016

Evidence-Based Practice: approaches to measuring impact of therapy interventions.
Invited presentation Communication and Handicap III Scientific Conference, University of Hradec Kralove Czech Republic 5 Nov 2016

Co-construction of the evidence base for professional practice. Puheterapeuttien Kustannus Oy and Suomen Puheterapeuttiliitto ry Invited presentation 50th Anniversary Keynote Lecture Finnish Association of Speech Therapists, Helsinki Finland 19 May 2016


  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) CertMRCSLT RC005567
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) SL2195
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy PR068820