The RCSLT's stroke policy

On 10 May 2016, the RCSLT invited speech and language therapy stroke leads from 50 services across England to the RCSLT stroke study day to discuss how their service records data in SSNAP and to discuss the draft fifth edition of the stroke clinical guidelines.  The stroke study day was supported by Sue Pownall and Rosemary Cunningham, the RCSLT representatives for the Royal College of Physicians.

All the presentations from the day are available on the stroke study day page. 

You can also read the stroke study day Bulletin article about the lively debate that we had.


RCSLT stroke study day 2018

The RCSLT is planning to hold a follow-up study day to:

  • provide an update on changes to the national clinical guidelines and SSNAP
  • revisit how SLTs record data and complete the SSNAP
  • share ideas on how to use the SSNAP data more proactively to improve and grow SLT services
  • identify how and where increased resource can help your SSNAP score

Watch this space for more information.

 UK Stroke Forum conference 2017

The RCSLT is going to the UK stroke forum conference in Liverpool from the 28-30 November 2017. We are running a fringe event on Thursday 30th November at lunchtime, so please do come and say hello.

For more information please visit the Stroke Association website.

Supporting guidelines and resources


RCSLT's stroke campaign calls


During the RCSLT stroke campaign we called for:

  • one in 10: in an acute ward there must be one speech and language therapist for every 10 people who have had a stroke
  • a communication lifeline: every stroke survivor must have prompt referral to speech and language therapy to allow rapid development of methods of communication in the immediate days following their stroke
  • community service: every community stroke team must have at least one speech and language therapist

Please contact Claire Moser for more information. 


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