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Paul John McKenna

Position: 
BVA Representative

Paul John McKenna is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working in Clinical Voice Disorders and Singing Voice Rehabilitation at Wythenshawe Hospital (NHS) in South Manchester. Paul works alongside Sue M Jones in weekly professional voice users clinics, where high level voice users are assessed endoscopically and then rehabilitated via highly individualised voice therapy. 

Alongside working primarily in the therapeutic rehabilitation of performers with complex voice impairments, Paul is a certified NLP practitioner and has a background in Hypnotherapy, skills which have led to a significant interest in the psychological factors impacting on vocal performance. Paul aims to continue developing in these fields over the coming years in the aim to provide insights that can further assist performers in the mastery of their voice use.

Prior to retraining as a Speech and Language therapist, Paul worked as a gigging musician for a number of years, as both a singer and guitarist. Experience that helps him to acutely appreciate the demands vocally and psychologically that professional vocalists deal with in their careers. This musical background has been the catalyst for focusing his career towards assisting high level performers in their vocal recovery. As well as being the secretary for the North West Voice CEN, which regularly provides specialist voice training to delegates in the UK, Paul has also spoken publicly on vocal care and annually provides bespoke workshops for local music colleges such as the Royal Northern College of Music to educate students on vocal health.