Penny Hodgkinson

School of Health and Social Care
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Penny Hodgkinson
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873932

  • Location

    2S2.5.01, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Appointment by email



Penny qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist City University in the 1980s and has worked in a range of teams across East Anglia with client groups including Learning Disabilities, Children and Adults, Pre-School and School mainstream and special schools, Autistic Spectrum Conditions; she has also advised in Speech and Language therapy in forensic settings. She has worked in settings from pre-school through to Further education and in social care settings with a wide range of staff and client groups. She is trained and experienced in the use of diagnostic tools for autism. Penny has also worked with creative arts organisations on Life Story and other projects for adults with learning disabilities. Her most recent position was as team leader for special needs in an Essex team. From 2011-2014 Penny was a core member of an innovative multi-disciplinary team offering specialist autism diagnostic services in adult mental health services. Penny undertakes clinical and professional supervision and mentoring for Speech and Language Therapists. At Essex Penny works across a range of CPD and professional modules, supporting practitioners in their academic development; this includes leading on work-based, quality and service improvement modules, clinical and professional reasoning and applying learning into practice. She also supervises a number of Masters' research dissertations. From September 2020 Penny has taken on the role of Deputy Director of Education - CPPD and Workforce Development within the School Executive. Active in professional body Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists 2012-15 Board Member of Finance and Organisational Resources Board 2013-5 Member of Steering Group and author for Communicating Live - update to CQ3 Professional standards for Speech and Language Therapists 2016-7 Chair Curriculum Guidelines and Newly Qualified Practitioner Competency Framework Steering Group Summer 2014 Nominated for Best Lecturer Award by the MSc Speech and Language Therapy student cohort in University Students' Union Annual Student Choice Awards - comments included ' Penny has been a true inspiration to our SLT cohort' and 'her passion for the profession shines through during each of her lectures'.


  • BA Honours (Modern and Medieval Languages- Russian) Oxford University 1980

  • Post Graduate Diploma Clinical Communication Studies City University 1988

  • MA Creative and Life Writing Goldsmiths, University of London 2006

  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council - Partner on Fitness to Practise Panel (2012-2017)


University of Essex

  • Interprofessional Learning Lead, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (2017 - 2020)

  • Deputy Director of Education - CPPD and Workforce Development, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (1/9/2020 - 31/8/2023)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Professional development including clinical supervision, leadership, mentoring and coaching, governance in organisations

Open to supervise

Reflective Practice and reflective writing for professional development

Open to supervise

Clinical and professional Reasoning and formulation for differential diagnosis and intervention planning by health professionals

Open to supervise

Narrative, literature and disability- life writing in health care

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

RCSLT Study Day and AGM Celebration, innovation and application The use of technology across our profession 7 October 2015, University of Warwick, Coventry; Scenarios and proformas: Debate, innovate, collaborate: Hot topics emerging from CQ and technology developments - Penny Hodgkinson and Dominique LowenthalDecisions Matter - Collaborative Clinical Decision Making University of Essex June 19 2014. Other speakers included Prof Sue Roulstone, Dr Hillary Bekker and Dr Steve Laitner

Coventry, United Kingdom, 2015

Making Voices Heard Conference April 10 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London - joint presentation with Fran Davies, Clinical Psychologist - Diagnostic Dilemmas in Adult Mental Health. Part of the Autism Diagnostic Project, the day included presentations from Robyn Steward, Angela Kennedy OBE, Professor Pat Howlin, Dr Liz Pellicano , Professor Elizabeth Hill and Dr Laura Crane.

London, United Kingdom, 2014

RCSLT East of England Hub - March 26 2014 Evidence Based Practice Day UEA

Norwich, United Kingdom, 2014

Quest for material: Life Writing Challenges - Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) Conference O1 November 2014 - Wolfson College Research Cluster , Wolfson College, Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2014

RCSLT East of England Hub - September 18 2013 - Outcome Measures. Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge - Quest for material: Life Writing Challenges

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Developing Professional Practice (HS611)

  • Applying and Using Learning in Practice (HS619)

  • Applying and Using Learning in Practice (HS620)

  • Work Based Learning (HS621)

  • Work Based Learning (HS626)

  • Quality Improvement in Practice (HS627)

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (HS640)

  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Development (HS790)

  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Development (HS810)

  • Research Activity (HS859)

  • Quality Improvement in Practice (HS909)

  • Dissertation (HS982)

  • Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties (HS331)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 2 (HS832)

  • Occupational performance and process (HS893)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 3 (HS833)

  • Identification of Developmental Communication Abilities and Difficulties (HS231)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Adults 4 (HS839)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 4 (HS834)

Grants and funding


Consultancy over the development of professional standards

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

+44 (0) 1206 873932


2S2.5.01, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Appointment by email