Answers to commonly asked questions.

What support is there for members facing cutbacks/job regrading?

The RCSLT offers support to those members being faced with cutbacks, service restructure and job regrading, by providing access to specific resources and expert advisers.

The RCSLT has limited capacity to help with specific work-based issues, such as regrading or changes to terms and conditions. In these instances, we would direct members to their union for more support. In the UK, the union for SLTs is Unite.

If you’re an RCSLT member, you may find our leadership resources useful when dealing with budget-holders and decision-makers.

Building business cases for speech and language therapy

The RCSLT’s management provides guidance for members to support them in building business cases in our leadership resources.

Leadership mentors

RSCLT leadership mentors can support members facing these types of issues and provide extra support that is not based on a clinical area, for example, service-transformation.

Can the RCSLT disseminate my research project survey?

The RCSLT can disseminate approved research project surveys to members. The RCSLT receives a high volume of review requests and can only disseminate a limited number of surveys.

The RCSLT is committed to supporting the development of new research and evidence-based approaches to therapy, and our review process helps us to make sure that any disseminated projects align with the RCSLT’s strategic vision.

The dissemination methods will be determined by both current and forthcoming RCSLT projects (research and policy) as well as other factors as highlighted in the review process, for example the volume of surveys received on a particular topic and the breadth of the topic and the use of social media channels for the dissemination of RCSLT work.

Ways we can share surveys

The RCSLT can disseminate surveys via a variety of communication channels including:

  • Through a Clinical Excellence Network via email or Basecamp
  • RCSLT Hubs
  • Inclusion in the RCSLT Research Newsletter
  • Twitter

Please note, the dissemination of a survey or research project by the RCSLT is not evidence of the RCSLT endorsing or approving the content.

Applications for survey dissemination

If you would like to disseminate your survey through the RCSLT’s channels, please provide the following information to info@rcslt.org for review by the panel:

  • Your RCSLT membership number, if applicable
  • The survey’s open and close date
  • Confirmation that ethical approval has been received and evidence of which, if available
  • Confirmation that you agree to include a statement within the introduction of your survey that you will share the results with the RCSLT.
  • The survey questions in a readable, offline version that does not require online completion to access (for example in Word or PDF format).
  • A statement describing how the project relates to the strategic objectives of the RCSLT.
  • A sentence on what you believe the potential impact/implications of this work will be on the speech and language therapy profession.

The RCSLT survey review panel reviews applications for survey dissemination weekly, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for the review to take place before your survey’s end date.

If your survey is not chosen

If the panel does not consider the survey to be suitable for circulation, you will be notified in writing. Some reasons for the RCSLT choosing not to circulate a survey include:

  • The survey is not related to speech, language, communication or swallowing needs or is not relevant to the speech and language therapy profession.
  • The survey relates to a commercial product or is intended as a marketing tool.
  • The survey supports a viewpoint that is believed to be contentious or controversial, or otherwise unsupported by the leading policy makers, e.g. the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.
  • The survey does not meet the RCSLT’s strategic objectives.

If your survey has been reviewed by the panel and you disagree with their decision, please advise the enquiries team in writing and a review of the decision will be undertaken. The survey review panel will then provide a response to the review to you in writing within 10 working days.

Any queries regarding this process can be directed to the RCSLT enquiries team via the contact us page

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