RCSLT Conference 2021: Breaking barriers and building better

5-7 October 2021

The RCSLT Conference 2021 app is now available! If you have purchased a ticket, you will be able to access the platform and all the plenary and parallel sessions, posters, exhibition and more!

How do I get onto the Conference platform?

If you have registered for a place at the RCSLT Conference, please visit the virtual event platform Whova, which is available on desktop and mobile.

  • Download the app on your smartphone

Get our official conference app

For Blackberry or Windows Phone, Click here

For feature details, visit Whova


If you have not booked a place, you will not be able to access the Conference platform

How do I join parallel sessions via the Conference platform?

  • Once you are logged into Whova you will see ‘Agenda’ on the left hand side on your PC or at the bottom of your screen on a smartphone. Click ‘Sessions’ if necessary
  • Alternatively, you can hit the search icon and type the session you are looking for
  • Select the date the session is scheduled on (Full programme can be found here)
  • Enter the parallel session (click ‘Live stream’ on mobile app)
  • If you are using a smartphone but wish to watch the session on your desktop, hit the ‘Watch on desktop’ button and an email will be sent to you with a link to the session

Download the full presentation programme (PDF)

Download the poster programme (PDF)

RCSLT Conference 2021 promises to be our most inclusive ever, offering an opportunity for speech and language therapists from all specialisms and sectors around the UK, and the rest of the world, to come together virtually for three days of learning, connecting and recharging.

The event will feature oral and poster presentations, parallel and plenary sessions and keynote speakers on topics covering a wide range of adult and child specialisms.

Starting in September, pre-recorded presentations will be available followed by live keynote and plenary sessions in the first week of October.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to enhance your knowledge, celebrate the spectacular work by the speech and language therapy profession and reconnect with your professional community.

For RCSLT members, the cost of a conference ticket will be £50 or less.

Conference themes

  • Innovation – through careful evaluation to meet the challenges we face, including COVID-19.
  • Diversity – within the profession, the areas in which we practice and the populations we serve.
  • Resilience – caring for the health and wellbeing of the profession.
  • New evidence – the latest and best in speech and language therapy research.
  • Quality – improving the quality of clinical practice.
  • Workforce innovation – from student placements to consultants and everything in between.
  • Co-production – putting our service users at the heart of clinical services and research.
  • Collaboration and integration – working together and adding value through speech therapy.
  • Leadership – across the profession and at all levels.


Conference 2021: prizes

This year, for the first time ever, we awarded conference prizes in three categories:

  • Highest scoring abstract, judged by the abstract reviewers in the double-blind peer review process, and awarded for each category (showcase and share, QI and research)
  • Best poster, judged by conference delegates
  • Best presentation, judged by the abstract reviewers and members of the conference planning committee

Congratulations to all the winners.

Highest scoring abstracts

  • ‘Off my desk and onto yours’: SLT Provision for Progressive Neurological Conditions (poster) –  presented by Oliver Sawyer and Sarah Allen, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Atypical speech development and adolescent self-harm (5 October, presented in parallel session 1: SLCN and related issues in older children) – presented by Jan McAllister, University of Essex
  • Mobile flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (mFEES) in aged care homes (5 October, presented in parallel session 4: Dysphagia) – presented by Olga Birchall, the University of Melbourne

Poster prize

  • ‘It’s such a new concept’: Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of flavoured air with adults with severe dysphagia; an exploratory study – presented by Elizabeth Hepper, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation prizes

  • Swallow’s Kitchen: an initiative for sharing IDDSI food example sheets collaboratively created by SLTs and patients of diverse cultures (showcase and share) – presented by Kerry Corley, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • A national resource: Evaluating a new embedded speech and language therapy service for primary progressive aphasia (QI) – presented by Anna Volkmer, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Primary progressive aphasia – a toolkit for professionals (QI) – presented by Ellen McGowan, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • The co-design of an intervention for parents following the ELIM at the 24-30 month review in England’s Healthy Child Programme (research) – presented by Cristina McKean, Newcastle University; James Law, Newcastle University; and Caitlin Holme, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit
  • The influence of quantitative intervention dosage on oral language outcomes for children with developmental language disorder: a systematic review and narrative synthesis (research) – presented by Pauline Frizelle, University College Cork
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