Justin is a consultant clinical-academic and service lead, specialising in dysphagia in benign and malignant head and neck disorders. He works at 2 internationally renowned centres of excellence. He has been employed at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH) since 2008 and is currently a Consultant and Joint Head of the Department of Speech, Voice and Swallowing. He was appointed as the Clinical Service Lead at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction and Ear, Nose and Throat Service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) in 2016. He received his honorary academic appointment in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London in 2016. Alongside these roles, Justin is on the board of the Clinical Oversight Group for the RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance.
Justin completed his first degree, majoring in psychology, in 1993. He trained to diploma level in therapeutic hypnosis and psychotherapy in 1996. He qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist with a post-graduate diploma in Language and Communication Science from City University, London in 1999. In 2005, he completed a research masters with distinction at the Faculty of Medicine, Newcastle University. He was awarded his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2013 in which he evaluated swallowing outcomes following treatment with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for head and neck cancer.
As a specialist advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in head and neck oncology and palliative care, Justin represents the organisation at a national level. He has also contributed to a number of key policy and position papers, including RCSLT’s response to the Assisted Dying Bill. He chaired their Head and Neck Oncology Clinical Excellence Network from 2014-2018 leading on the provision of continuing professional development opportunities. As well as encouraging members to present their clinical and research work, during his tenure speakers included patient experts and international leaders in the field of head and neck cancer rehabilitation. In 2018, Justin was awarded a prestigious RCSLT Fellowship for his contribution to the profession. He is currently sits on the COVID-19 Advisory Group for RCSLT.
He has served on scientific committees including the United Kingdom Swallowing Research Group (UKSRG), the swallowing committee for the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association’s (ASHA) convention and the academic committee for the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology (BACO). Justin has represented the profession and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) on a number of national work streams with Health Education England and NHS England. In 2019, he was elected as AHP Council Member for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists. In 2020, he was elected to the Council of the British Laryngological Association.
Justin has completed clinical observerships at a number of international centres of excellence. These include the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL) in Amsterdam, the Center for Voice and Swallowing Research at Boston Medical Centre, Boston University School of Medicine, the Head and Neck Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and the Thyroid Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation Research Center, Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York. Justin also works with the head and neck cancer/ speech therapy service at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai where he holds a visiting faculty appointment and provides regular clinical education opportunities.
Justin’s academic work is focused on people diagnosed with head and neck/ lung cancers and laryngotracheal stenosis. He is involved in a number of NIHR and Cancer Research UK-funded research studies as a co-applicant, co-investigator and trial management group/ trial steering committee member. He is also a co-investigator on a number of studies in collaboration with colleagues in Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United States (see research).
Justin is committed to quality improvement and patient-centred care. He led a qualitative study evaluating the rehabilitation needs of patients with advanced lung cancer funded by the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. He has completed training in experience-based co-design (EBCD) with the Point of Care Foundation is working with quality improvement specialists to deliver on an co-production initiative with patients with airway disorders at ICHT, as well as an EBCD project with head and neck cancer patients at RMH. For the last 2 years, Justin has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Patient Care based on patient feedback submitted to IWantGreatCare.org, the online healthcare review site. He currently holds an Imperial Health Charity/ Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Post Doctoral Fellowship. As part of this award, he continues his work in partnership with healthcare professionals and patients to produce a Patient Concerns Inventory for people diagnosed with Airway Stenosis (PCI-AS).
Justin is a qualified coach and mentor with the Imperial College Coaching Academy and is also a member of the career development coaching team at The Royal Marsden. He provides academic supervision and mentorship to clinicians completing post-graduate research programmes and has examined at doctoral level. As well as being a reviewer for several journals, he has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care and ethical issues and spoken at meetings and conferences internationally. Most recently, he was a keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Head and Neck Cancer Conference at the Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Cancer Center/ Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery and Voice Center based at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
In addition to running education programmes in cancer rehabilitation at the Royal Marsden, Justin is a Course Director for the highly evaluated Imperial Voice Therapy and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) courses held at Imperial College London. He has also independently provided bespoke FEES training to clinical teams. He is a Point of Care Foundation Associate providing training in EBCD.
Justin is a member of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, British Laryngological Association, Dysphagia Research Society, European Head and Neck Society, Institute of Leadership and Management, and United Kingdom Swallowing Research Group.
et al., 2021, British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO) standards 2020, Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, Vol:50, ISSN:0904-2512, Pages:262-273
et al., 2021, Voice and swallowing outcomes following airway reconstruction in adults: a systematic review, The Laryngoscope, Vol:131, ISSN:0023-852X, Pages:146-157
et al., 2020, A prospective study of voice, swallow, and airway outcomes following tracheostomy for COVID‐19, The Laryngoscope, ISSN:0023-852X
et al., 2020, The provision of nutritional advice and care for cancer patients: a UK national survey of healthcare professionals, Supportive Care in Cancer, Vol:29, ISSN:0941-4355, Pages:2435-2442
et al., 2020, COVID-19 and ENT SLT services, workforce and research in the UK: A discussion paper, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Vol:55, ISSN:1368-2822, Pages:806-817