Anti-racism in speech and language therapy: towards diversity and inclusion for our profession and service users

Friday 21 May, 9.30am-12pm

Please note, this event is being held twice in order to maximise participation – on Friday 21 May, 9.30am-12pm and Wednesday 26 May, 5.30pm-8pm. You only need to attend one event.

About the programme of learning

In 2020, the RCSLT pledged to hold a profession-wide online event with content led by Black, Asian and ethnic minority SLTs, with the aim of supporting cultural change within the profession.

The event comprises a programme of learning that will span several months. Pre-recorded videos will be released one at a time in the lead up to the event and will remain accessible, allowing all members to engage in the learning in their own time.

Prompts for discussion and reflection will be shared alongside the videos, so that members can engage with the learning both on their own and within their teams and services.

Find out more about the individual presentations in the Programme of learning section.

The programme of learning will lead up to the virtual live events. We will be holding the event twice in order to maximise participation – once during the day (21 May, 9.30am-12pm) and once in the evening (26 May, 5.30pm-8pm). You only need to attend one event.

At the event

At the event, members will be able to watch short videos (10 minutes) and take part in workshops, where they can discuss their learning and plan next steps for the future.

The workshop sessions will allow participants to share ideas and next steps. These will be facilitated by members of the anti-racism reference group, RCSLT staff members, and members involved in the event planning.

We encourage all delegates to participate fully in the workshop sessions. If you have any accessibility needs we can address, please include them when you register, or email rsvp@rcslt.org.

Workshop etiquette and event programme

For information on etiquette during workshop sessions, see our guidelines for virtual events.

Download the event programme (PDF)

More information

Take a look at the RCSLT anti-racism hub for more information about our work, as well as guidance, resources and updates.

Aims and objectives

By engaging with the programme of learning, delegates will:

  • Build shared knowledge of the importance of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion within the profession.
  • Build shared knowledge of the importance of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion for our service users.
  • Understand where we are as a profession and where we want to be.
  • Reflect on how we can use ‘cultural inquisitiveness’ to create a more inclusive workforce and deliver better services.
  • Agree on where to start, and how to support one another along the way.
  • Look at how we can bring the whole profession along with us, building commitment and winning hearts and minds.
  • Think about ways we can bring cultural inquisitiveness into our practices and services.

Cultural inquisitiveness: Being honest and open about one’s lack of knowledge about a person’s cultural practices, beliefs and way of life that is different from one’s own, and having the confidence to ask respectful questions to discover more about that person’s unique perspective.

Featured video

Watch the current featured video and additional learning prompts from our programme of learning.

Video 2: What is anti-racism?

Presented by Dr Muna Abdi, MA Education Consultancy CIC

Additional learning prompts

Don’t forget that this learning counts as continuing professional development (CPD) and can be recorded in your CPD diary. You might like to create a new goal for anti-racism, under which you can record all related learning activities.

You could reflect on questions such as:

  • What patterns of behaviour do I exhibit?
  • How can I move from being ‘not-racist’ to anti-racist by looking at my patterns of behaviour?
  • What resources are available on the RCSLT’s diversity hub that might help me on this journey?

Reflection prompts from Dr Muna Abdi, to consider after watching the presentation:

  • Can you remember when you first became aware of race/racism? Whether this was a moment of experiencing marginalisation and/or disadvantage or noticing advantage or privilege?
  • In what ways might my implicit biases affect how I see others and interact with them?
  • Can you think of some examples of ‘diversity work’ and can you consider how they might look/work differently when approached through anti-racism?
  • What is one specific, small thing that I personally can do now to grow in this lifelong journey to understanding race and racism?

Programme of learning

The programme of learning consists of the following videos. Links will be added here as the videos are released ahead of the event.

What are we doing? The RCSLT programme of work

Kamini Gadhok MBE, chief executive, RCSLT

What is anti-racism?

Dr Muna Abdi, director, MA Education Consultancy CIC

What it is like on the ground: issues of diversity with speech and language therapy

Naomi Ignatius, senior SLT, Neurosciences SLT Service, Kings College Hospital NHS Trust

  • 20 minutes
  • Debuting 3 March, 12.30pm

Be part of the conversation

Join Naomi (@nay_p31) for a Twitter Q&A, 3 March 1pm-1.30pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

How to start an impactful conversation in your team

Nazia Rizwan, principal SLT, and Paula Parr, principal SLT, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

  • 13 minutes
  • Debuting 11 March, 1.30pm

Be part of the conversation

Join Nazia (@NaziaRizwanSLT) for a Twitter Q&A on 11 March, 2pm-2.30pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

Positive about bilingualism and cultural diversity

Sunita Shah, RCSLT bilingualism adviser and independent practitioner, Together Let’s Communicate Limited, Speech and Language Therapy, Autor; and Dr Sean Pert, RCSLT bilingualism adviser, senior lecturer and consultant SLT, University of Manchester and Indigo Gender Service

  • 1 hour 3 minutes
  • Debuting 29 March, 12pm

Be part of the conversation

Join Sunita (@thejaijais) on Instagram live on 30 March, 11.30am-12.30pm

How did we get here? Examining the NHS context

Dr Joanne Fillingham, deputy CAHPO, NHS England and NHS Improvement; Owen Chinembiri, WRES implementation lead NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, NHS England and NHS Improvement; and Stuart Palma, professional head of AHPs, NHS Improvement

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting: week of 19 April 2021

Towards diversity and inclusion: a methodology for improvement

Caroline Poole, head of allied health professions, NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting: week of 10 May 2021

Lived experience, safe spaces and community

Ilyeh Nahdi, SLT, Woodfield School, host of SLTeaTime podcast and Angela Whiteley, specialist SLT, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, SLTs of Colour on Twitter

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting 20 May from 11am

Be part of the conversation

Join Angela Whiteley (@OfSlts, @SltDigital) on Twitter for a live Q&A on 20 May, 11.30am-12pm and Ilyeh (@IlyehNahdiSLT), 5.30pm-6pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

Virtual workshops open to members

Anti-racism in speech and language therapy: towards diversity and inclusion for our profession and service users.
Please note, this event is being held twice in order to maximise participation – on Friday 21 May, 9.30am-12pm and Wednesday 26 May, 5.30pm-8pm. You only need to attend one event.

Take the baseline survey

The RCSLT and the speech and language therapy profession as a whole are on a journey towards greater diversity and inclusion for our profession and for service users. To track our progress, we are keen to understand where the profession is now.

Please help us by answering a few questions. The survey should take about ten minutes and will help to support our ongoing anti-racism work.

Take the survey

Register for the live event

Register for the live online event on 21 May 2021, 9.30am

Register now

Prefer to attend the evening event? Visit our page for 26 May to register.

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