Date and venue 

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Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business

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Conference themes

This year’s event will explore Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business and will showcase the latest in research and service delivery innovations.
This two-day event will feature oral and poster presentations, workshops, parallel and plenary sessions and keynote speakers with topics covering a wide range of adult and child specialisms. The popular `brag and steal’ presentations will be back, highlighting how research evidence is being applied in clinical practice.

Whether you work in research, are a clinical practitioner, or just starting out in your career as an SLT, the RCSLT Conference 2019 will include something for you!

Conference themes

  • New evidence for quality clinical practice
  • Approaches to improvement: Quality Improvement, Improvement Science and Implementation Science
  • Co-production of clinical services and research
  • Collaboration, integrated service delivery and the value-added of speech and language therapy
  • Leadership across the profession at all levels (clinical leadership, academic/clinical academic leadership, and management)
  • Extended scope and advanced clinical practice: Responding to developments in the healthcare landscape 

Conference programme and keynotes

We are delighted to announce the detailed programme for the RCSLT Conference 2019. For more information, please see:

Meet the RCSLT Conference speakers

Professor Annette Boaz, Professor in Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London
Panel session: 
  • Dr Joanne Fillingham,  Clinical Director Allied Health Professions (AHPs) NHS England and NHS Improvement  
  • Dr John Boulton, Interim Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, 1000 Lives 
  • Pauline Beirne, National Lead AHP CYP, Scottish Government
  • Hugh McCaughey, National Director of Improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Professor Marion Walker MBE, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation, Emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator, University of Nottingham
Mrunal Sisodia, Co-chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Book by 31 July for the early bird rate


Bookings are now open for the RCSLT Conference 2019 - Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business – take advantage of early bird rates until 31 July 2019.

 Early bird fees (until 31 July) One day (£)  Two days (£)
 RCSLT member £160 (£133.33 +VAT) £248 (£206.67 +VAT)
 Non member £210 (£175 +VAT) £298 (£248.33 +VAT)
Standard fees (From 1 August 2019)    
RCSLT member £210 (£175.00 +VAT) £298 (248.33 +VAT)
Non member £260 (£216.67 +VAT) £348 (£290.00 +VAT)



Delegate fees include refreshments, lunch and conference materials. Places are limited. Terms and conditions apply; please see “Show info” under each ticket type via the Eventbrite link.  

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CAHPR Conference Bursary

The CAHPR conference bursary scheme supports student and early career researchers throughout the UK in presenting their research at conferences. The scheme provides funding to attend conferences using the model set up by the London hub last year, but is open UK-wide.

The bursary scheme is competitive and is primarily aimed at supporting student and early career researchers, who have abstracts accepted for poster or platform presentations at conferences. AHP applicants may request £500 to support attendance at an international conference or £250 for a national conference. Awards will be made on a competitive basis and will be reviewed by volunteers from the hubs.

Deadline: 14 August 2019. Further information is available on the CAHPR website.

Penny Harrison Memorial Fund

RCSLT student, NQP and assistant members are eligible to apply for a Penny Harrison Memorial Fund grant. Please see the next section for more details.

Penny Harrison Memorial Fund

The RCSLT was generously left £5000 by the family of Penny Harrison, a speech and language therapist. Part of this fund has been allocated to subsidise the delegate fee for RCSLT student/newly qualified practitioner/assistant practitioner members attending the RCSLT Conference 2019.

Penny worked closely with the RCSLT over many years: had been involved on projects with assistants; carried out service reviews on behalf of the RCSLT and attended Council as Chair of TASLTM. 

RCSLT student/newly qualified practitioner/assistant practitioner members are invited to apply for a subsidy for their RCSLT Conference 2019 early bird delegate fee, from the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund:

  • £50 discount off the early bird RCSLT member one-day rate: £110 inc VAT 
  • £75 discount off the early bird RCSLT member two-day rate: £173 inc VAT 

Please note that it is recommended that you apply early, as the number of subsidised places is strictly limited. The above rates correspond with the early bird booking period (until 31 July 2019). 

If you are not eligible to apply to the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund, but would still like to apply for funding to attend the RCSLT Conference 2019, please visit the RCSLT minor grants webpage (members only).

The next deadline for minor grant applications is 19th June 2019

Applying for a subsidised place from the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund

1. Please send the following details to 

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • RCSLT membership category
  • RCSLT membership number
  • Date(s) you wish to attend the RCSLT Conference 2019 (25 September only, 26 September only, or both days)

2. If you are successful in your application, you will be sent a unique identification code and instruction on how to book your place via Eventbrite. Please note that this code can only be used once, by the authorised recipient.  

3. Please confirm your booking, with payment, within 2 weeks of receiving your code. Failure to do so will result in your subsidy grant being allocated to another applicant. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Penny Harrison subsidised places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis 
  • Payment for a Penny Harrison Memorial Fund subsidised place must be received within two weeks of receiving your booking code.
  • The subsidised rates of £110 inc VAT (one day rate) and £173 inc VAT (two day rate) apply during the early bird booking period, until 31 July 2019. Bookings, with payment, must be placed by 31 July to be eligible for these rates. 
  • Funds will only be awarded to applicants who are registered as an RCSLT assistant, NQP or student member at the time of booking and at the time of the RCSLT Conference 2019. If your membership status or category changes and you will no longer satisfy the conditions of eligibility for the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund, you must notify the RCSLT in writing immediately.
  • If you do not return the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund booking form within the 2 week period, your subsidised place will be offered to another applicant. 
  • If you are unsuccessful in gaining a Penny Harrison Memorial Fund subsidy, you will be invited to attend at the early bird rate member fee of £160 inc VAT (1 day) and £248 inc VAT (2 day) – this expires on 31 July 2019. After the early bird period has expired the member rate will be £210 inc VAT (1 day) and £298 inc VAT (2 day). 
  • The decision of the RCSLT is final.

Accommodation and Visit Nottinghamshire

The RCSLT is working together with Visit Nottinghamshire to help you make the most of your visit to Nottingham. 


Visit Nottinghamshire has secured accommodation at preferential rates for RCSLT Conference delegates at a range of local hotels. Information about how to access these rates can be found in the link below.

Please note: availability is strictly limited, and the full range of preferential rates will no longer be available after 12 August 2019 as many of the remaining rooms will be released back to the hotels for general sale.

Book your accommodation early at your preferred hotel to avoid disappointment, as rates can be withdrawn at any time.

For more details about accommodation, travel and the local area, please download the Visit Nottinghamshire guide

Make a business case to attend

The conference will outline the latest policy, evidence and clinical advances in speech and language therapy on a range of different topics over the two days. Regardless of your clinical field or setting, it is not to be missed. 

We understand that in order to attend you may need to make a business case to your manager, therefore we have created a customisable template letter that you can present to your manager. 

Please contact us if you have any queries. 

We look forward to seeing you in September.

RCSLT Conference competition

Want to win some Giving Voice polo shirts for your team?

Retweet the conference logo and tell us why you're excited about the conference. Make sure you include the hashtags: #RCSLT2019 and #TeamTShirt.

Terms and Conditions for #TeamTShirt

  • You must have sent your Tweet in before 23.59 on 31 July 2019.
  • This prize draw is open to all RCSLT members who retweet the conference logo and include both #RCSLT2019 and #TeamTShirt hashtags. 
  • It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final.
  • Once submitted, Tweets cannot be amended in any way.
  • One winner will be drawn at random from all Tweets received. 
  • The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the closing date of the prize draw. 
  • The RCSLT will supply up to 20 Giving Voice Polo shirts as the prize - sizes can be found here.
  • There are no cash alternatives.
  • Competition prizes are not to be resold