Policy and campaigns

Follow our work on policy and campaigns. For material relating to the devolved nations, please see our pages for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Consultation responses

NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

RCSLT factsheets

Key policy issues


Campaigns and projects

  • Awareness Events                                                                                                               Every year, organisations run a range of awareness events that are relevant to people with communication and swallowing needs. If you are interested in promoting how speech and language therapy transforms lives in these areas, RCSLT has a range of resources to support you.
  • Communication Access Symbol UK Project
    The story and facts on the UK project.
    • Work and Health
      The RCSLT's work on supporting people into work as well as preventing them from falling out of work because of ill health or disability.

    • RCSLT new SEND report January 2017
      RCSLT is calling on the government to guarantee that local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission speech and language therapy services for children and young people as many are not getting the support they need. 

    • Bercow: ten years on 
      In response to concerns about the support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and major changes in the education and health system, I CAN, children’s communication charity and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) are undertaking a national review of support for children with SLCN in England. 

    • Student funding reforms
      The RCSLT has worked closely with staff in higher education institutions on our consultation response, using the findings of our student survey and direct member feedback to inform our policy position on the reforms.  
        • Giving Voice
          The campaign aims to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs – to ensure their needs, and those of their carers and families, are met. We equip our members to demonstrate locally how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and society, while RCSLT officers work to engage decision makers and the media at a national level.

        • Dementia campaign
          The dementia campaign aims to raise awareness of the role of SLTs in dementia, and improve the quality of care received by people with dementia and their families.

        • Youth offenders and criminal justice
          Over 60% of people in the youth justice system have speech, language and communication problems. Improving the communication skills of offenders by providing speech and language therapy significantly reduces the risk of re-offending and increases access to rehabilitation and treatment programmes. 

        • Improvements in stroke care
        • Mental health
          How we are influencing the mental health agenda to highlight why speech and language therapy matters in mental health 


All Party Parliamentary Group

Contact us

For further information about our work in the UK Parliament contact RCSLT’s Public Affairs Adviser, Peter Just, peter.just@rcslt.org.

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