Mental capacity assessment


As part of the ongoing development of the RCSLT’s online Clinical Resources, we are looking for members to help develop new information on the role of speech and language therapy in mental capacity assessment.

The following information will be developed for a general audience:

  • factsheet(s)
  • summary for decision-makers/commissioners
  • national policy context
  • position paper
  • case studies


The following information will be developed for members only:

  • introduction to mental capacity assessment
  • role of speech and language therapy
  • evidence and research
  • guidelines and supporting resources
  • RCSLT Bulletin feature articles
  • useful contacts

The work is estimated to take place between May and December 2017.


Opportunities to get involved

We are looking for members from across the UK to fulfil the following roles, which all represent great CPD opportunities.


Lead Author (paid role):

  • agree and complete the scope form and work plan, with support from the Supporting Author(s) and RCSLT Project Coordinator.
  • undertake research, consult with Supporting Authors and write draft copy for webpages using the template provided.
  • review and incorporate feedback from Peer Reviewers to prepare a final version, with support from the Supporting Author(s).

We estimate that this will take between 8 – 15 days. Most of the work can be completed remotely in your own time, but there will be a requirement to attend some meetings and telephone calls.

Supporting Authors (voluntary role):

  • take part in three meetings (face to face or virtual) to discuss and agree the scope of the webpages, the draft content and to review feedback from the Peer Reviewers
  • undertake pre-meeting preparation as required
  • sign off the final version prior to publication, alongside the Lead Author.


Peer Reviewers (voluntary role):

  • review the draft webpages and provide feedback by email.

Download further information about all these roles.


Apply now

To apply, please download your application form, complete and email to Louise Borjes by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

If you have any further questions about these roles, please contact Louise Borjes Project Coordinator.





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