5-7 October 2021

RCSLT Conference 2021: Breaking barriers and building better

5-7 October 2021

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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 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 update your knowledge, celebrate the spectacular work by the speech and language therapy profession and to reconnect with your professional community.

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

Call for papers now open

Share your research results or showcase service delivery innovations at the first virtual conference held by the RCSLT. Deadline: 17 May 2021

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.

Bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the RCSLT Conference 2021: Breaking barriers and building better – take advantage of the early bird prices until 31 August 2021.

Early bird fees (until 31 August)

  • RCSLT member: £35 (29.17+VAT)
  • Non-member: £50 (41.67+VAT)

Early bird student, NQP and assistant member tickets (until 31 August)

  • £25 (20.83+VAT)

Standard fees

  • RCSLT member: £50 (41.67+VAT)
  • Non-member: £65 (54.17+VAT)

Book your place

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Booking via invoice

We will be accepting bookings via invoice only if at least four tickets are booked at once.  If you would like to book on via invoice, you will need to submit a copy of the purchase order along with your booking form.  

We will only be accepting bookings via invoice until 7 September 2020.

To request a booking form, please email bookings@rcslt.org

Terms and conditions associated with booking onto the RCSLT Conference 2021 can be found on the booking form and under the ticket details on the Eventbrite registration page.  

If you would still like to apply for funding to attend the RCSLT Conference 2021, please visit the RCSLT minor grants webpage (members only)

The next deadline for minor grant applications is 16 June 2021

Call for papers

Deadline: 17 May 2021

This year’s conference has something for everyone.

With a focus on ‘breaking barriers and building better’, we are seeking abstracts in the following three categories:

  • Research (speech and language therapy research contributing new knowledge)
  • Quality improvement*/audit/service evaluation (*this refers to projects using formal quality improvement methodology eg Six Sigma, Lean thinking, Model for Improvement, Plan Do Study Act cycles)
  • Brag and steal (showcasing how evidence is being applied in practice)

We are seeking abstracts that showcase research that has contributed to new knowledge and have a separate category for quality improvement, audit and service evaluation.

Our Brag and steal abstract category is dedicated to showcasing how research evidence is being applied in practice.

So, if you are a SLT in full-time clinical practice, an SLT student, an early career researcher, an SLT team, a clinical research collaboration or working at a university, now is the time to think about sharing the great work you have been involved with.


You have until 17 May 2021 to submit an abstract online.

Abstract submission guidelines

Download our abstract submission guidelines (PDF) for further details.

Submissions and guidelines for authors

The organising committee is inviting submissions for oral presentations and/or posters that address any of the three categories within all areas of speech and language therapy. We welcome submissions for poster presentations if your research results are pending.

Please ensure you have read the abstract submission guidelines (PDF) in full before making your submission.

Using the online platform

We are using an online system, Ex Ordo, for abstracts.

To submit an abstract, visit the Ex Ordo platform

  • To create an account please enter your email address; Ex Ordo will prompt you to create login details, which will allow you to create, save and edit your submission(s) until 17 May 2021
  • Please note that due to known security flaws, Ex Ordo does not support Internet Explorer 9 or 10. This means if you use either of these browsers, you won’t be able to access Ex Ordo. Please upgrade your browser to Internet Explorer 11, or use an alternative browser eg Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc.

Submissions will be peered reviewed overseen by members of the organising committee to ensure consistency and objectivity.

The deadline for submissions is 17 May 2021.

We hope to notify authors regarding the outcome of their submission by early June 2021.

Submitting an abstract – FAQs

Why should I submit an abstract?

The RCSLT Conference is an unrivaled opportunity to share your work and contribute directly to the future of your profession. Presenting is a great way to disseminate new evidence and innovation directly to SLTs. What better way is there to make sure your work has an impact?

Writing and submitting abstracts is a valuable CPD activity. And going on to present at a conference looks great on your CV.

If you’ve done some research – tell people about it. If you’ve done something innovative – come and share.

We also welcome submissions for poster presentations if your research results are pending.

What are the benefits of submitting an abstract?

  • Have an impact on practice and policy
  • Share best practice
  • Disseminate new knowledge
  • Influence the future of the profession
  • Make a difference to research that happens in the future
  • Add to your CPD

How do I submit?

We are using an online system for abstract submissions. Have a look at the abstract submission guidelines (PDF), and then visit the Ex Ordo online submissions portal.

When is the deadline?

The call for papers closes on 17 May 2021.

We have endeavoured to increase timelines wherever possible, taking into account the extra pressures on all members due to the COVID-19 pandemic

What do I need to include?

The abstract submission guidelines and online abstract submission process will guide you through all the elements that you need to include.

Collaboration and representation

This year we are explicitly asking all authors:

  • Whether their work addresses the needs of diverse populations, taking into account ethnicity, language, religion and culture, and
  • What the level of service user engagement in their work or project is.

Examples of co-production with service users

Using experienced based co-design to enhance pre-treatment dysphagia services for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) undergoing chemoradiation:

Using co-design as part of literature review and qualitative research methods to produce a toolkit of heuristics for practitioners providing end of life care for people with dementia:

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded guide about using co-production for people in acute stroke units. This paper looks at evaluating the use and effectiveness of co-production as an approach, by evaluating the experiences of those participating in experienced based co design and looking at the impact on carers, patients and staff co-producing.

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