The RCSLT's stroke policy

On 10th 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 2017


The RCSLT is planning to hold a follow-up study day later this year 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!


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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