My Cleft Talks

As a cleft lip and palate patient I have had experience with a whole variety of cleft-related situations. I’m very fortunate to have used these experiences to support, educate and empower others. Having been a patient since I was born has not only shaped my personal life, but also shaped my academic interests, where I specialised in medical communication whilst studying at university. I explored the linguistic challenges of doctor-patient communication and investigated ways to improve patient understanding and empowerment.


From there, I decided to write this website to try and help people understand what it’s like for a cleft lip and palate patient, both physically and emotionally. I am delighted that this has led to so many amazing opportunities to speak publicly about my experiences and ways to improve patient empowerment. From speaking at professional development days for world-renowned cleft specialists, giving awareness-raising interviews to even guest blogging for a cleft website in America.


Please click the links below to find out more information, as well as a few examples of my cleft talks. Please feel free to contact me if you think I could help you with an upcoming event or interview:

Guest Speaking


Here in the UK, we have nine centres of excellence (hospitals) for treating clefts. These centres are for the more specialised, ‘one-off’ parts of cleft treatment, such as surgery. The centres are supported by local hospitals, which provide local (and more convenient) care for the more on-going parts of treatment, such as orthodontics. I have had the privilege of offering a patient perspective at regional and local professional development days for nurses, cleft surgeons, orthodontic teams, speech and language therapists, psychologists and medical students. Please click the links below for more information.

Born with a cleft lip and palate, the image shows Beth with the Cleft Net East team at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cleft Net East:
Adolescent Psychology Support Group
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Born with a cleft lip and palate, the image shows Beth speaking at the Cleft Lip and Palate Association's Adult Conference in 2018
Cleft Lip and Palate Association:
CLAPA Adult Conference
Holiday Inn, Camden Lock
Born with a cleft lip and palate, the image shows Beth speaking at Addenbrooke's Hospital for the Cleft Net East team
Cleft Net East:
Regional Study Day
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
A Team Approach to Cleft Care
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital



I'm always happy to chat about my experiences as a cleft lip and palate patient. I've given my views on a variety of cleft-related topics, which will hopefully debunk some of the myths surrounding cleft care and educate those who really need it.

Born with a cleft lip and palate, the image shows Beth giving an interview about debunking the myths of plastic surgery
Redefining Plastic Surgery
January 2018
Elaine Loke, University of Kent

Guest Blogging


Talking about my cleft experiences online has opened up so many opportunities, one of which is the chance to connect to people all over the world. I am delighted that I have been asked to create content and share my story with a much wider community. I love being a part of the larger cleft conversation that can help offer new perspectives to cleft care and patient empowerment.

Born with a cleft lip and palate, the image shows Beth at twenty having guessed blogged for an American website
What You Look Like Matters
Cleft Corner
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