Dr Anne Hurren, Senior Lecturer

Dr Anne Hurren

Senior Lecturer

Anne joined Leeds Beckett University as a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences in 2014 and is a HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist. She graduated from Newcastle University in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) Speech and spent the first 3 years working with a mixed caseload of mainstream paediatrics, special schools, language unit and adult acquired disorders in hospital and community settings.

From 1989 to 2014, Anne worked as Chief Speech and Language Therapist in Sunderland, specialising in the field of ENT and Head and Neck Cancer. This included running specialist joint surgical voice restoration, dysphonia, neurolaryngology and videofluoroscopy/botulinum toxin clinics with ENT consultants.

She moved into research and teaching alongside NHS clinical practice and completed a MA in Counselling at Durham University (1999) and a PhD at Newcastle University (2014). Previous teaching has included guest lecturer in voice disorders for the BSc and MSc pre-registration programmes at Newcastle University (2000 – 2014) and post-graduate teaching for short courses and at conferences.

Additional roles included secondment to the Macmillan Surgical Voice Restoration advice line, expert panel member for the national dataset in head and neck oncology and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ Advisor roles in voice disorders and laryngectomy.  

Current Teaching

Module lead for Medical Sciences 2, Clinical Analysis of Speech and Voice and Eating, Drinking and Swallowing. Additional teaching is carried out for other modules in relation to Anne’s specialist clinical areas of ENT disorders, head and neck oncology and application of counselling skills to clinical practice. 

Research Interests

Anne’s doctoral thesis was based on the development of a new outcome measure to assess perceptual voice quality in people who have undergone laryngectomy for cancer of the larynx. Current research interests are on the continuing development of outcome measures and assessment of quality of life in head and neck cancer and voice disorders and the assessment and therapeutic management of voice disorders including neurological voice disorders e.g. Parkinson’s Disease. 

Dr Anne Hurren, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • White S; Hurren A; James S; Knight R-A (2022) "I think that's what I heard? I'm not sure": Speech and Language Therapists' views of, and practices in, phonetic transcription. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders


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  • McLachlan K; Hurren A; Owen S; Miller N (2021) Informing patient choice and service planning in Surgical Voice Restoration: Valve usage over three years in a UK Head and Neck Cancer Unit. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 136 (2), pp. 158-166.


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  • Hurren A; Miller N; Carding P (2019) Perceptual Assessment of Tracheoesophageal Voice Quality with SToPS: The development of a Reliable and Valid Tool. Journal of Voice, 33 (4), pp. 465-472.


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  • Hurren A; Miller N (2017) Voice Outcomes Post Total Laryngectomy. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery


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  • Todd A; Husband AK; Hurren A; Kler S; Ling J (2013) Patients using antifungals following laryngectomy: A qualitative study of community pharmacists in the North of England. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 22 (3), pp. 193-199.


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  • Bradley PJ; Counter P; Hurren A; Cocks HC (2013) Provision of surgical voice restoration in England: questionnaire survey of speech and language therapists. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 127 (8), pp. 760-767.


  • Hurren A; Hildreth AJ; Carding PN (2009) Can we perceptually rate alaryngeal voice? Developing the Sunderland Tracheoesophageal Voice Perceptual Scale. Clinical Otolaryngology, 34 (6), pp. 533-538.


  • Allan W; Burgess L; Hurren A; Marsh R; Samuel PR; Small PK (2009) Oesophageal function in tracheoesophageal fistula speakers after laryngectomy. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 123 (6), pp. 666-672.


  • Karagama Y; Hurren A; Carding P; Lindsey L (2008) Short-term voice quality results following percutaneous medialisation of the paralysed vocal cord under local anaesthesia using calcium hydroxyapatite gel: how we do it. Clinical Otolaryngology, 33 (4), pp. 362-366.


  • Paleri V; Wight RG; Owen S; Hurren A; Stafford FW (2006) Defining the stenotic post-laryngectomy tracheostoma and its impact on the quality of life in laryngectomees: development and validation of a stoma function questionnaire. Clinical Otolaryngology, 31 (5), pp. 418-424.


  • Ramachandran K; Arunachalam PS; Hurren A; Marsh RL; Samuel PR (2003) Botulinum toxin injection for failed tracheo-oesophageal voice in laryngectomees: the Sunderland experience. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 117 (7), pp. 544-548.


  • Pritchard AJ; Hurren A; Samuel PR; Stafford FW (1994) Surgical voice restoration: the Sunderland experience. Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh