Leadership Mentors

The RCSLT has launched a new category of adviser called ‘Leadership Mentors’, as a result of member demand for extra support that is not based on a clinical area; for example, service transformation.

Leadership Mentors are members who have experience of leading in any area of speech and language therapy and are happy to be on hand to support other members with issues such as:

  • Building a business case
  • Dealing with change
  • Influencing
  • Guidance on supervising and supporting staff
  • Workforce and skills-mix
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Patient safety and
  • Cuts to services

We are looking to recruit enough leadership mentors so that each RCSLT Hub has at least one mentor for each of the following population areas: paediatric community, paediatric acute, adult community, adult acute and learning disability.

If you’re interested in becoming a leadership mentor, please read on to see what being a leadership mentor involves and to find out how it can benefit you, your organisation and the profession as a whole.

Advantages of becoming a Leadership Mentor

When you become an RCSLT Leadership Mentor, there are many advantages for you, for your employer and for the profession.

Advantages for you:

  • Be recognised for your expertise
  • Grow your networks
  • Access to staff and resources at RCSLT
  • Give something back to the profession
  • Develops your CPD and learning – you learn something new from every query

Advantages for your employer:

  • Raises your department's profile and influence
  • Increases awareness of the national picture and how your service fits in
  • Brings influencing and leadership skills to the service
  • Keeps colleagues up-to-date with current policy documents and RCSLT initiatives
  • Seen to be supporting the profession

Advantages for the profession:

Many of the benefits listed above will also benefit the profession, as leadership mentors help to set and maintain high standards of practice for all SLTs. Leadership Mentors are encouraged disseminate their expert knowledge through channels that will make the most impact on all speech and language therapy services. Leadership Mentors have a key role in supporting members faced with transformation challenges, change and innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can apply to be a leadership mentor?

A: We invite applications from any member with demonstrated local and/or national strategic leadership skills and experience, as well as an understanding of (and ideally, formal training in) leadership, management or mentoring.

Applications are also open to SLTs who are not currently employed where they can demonstrate that they are sufficiently updating themselves on external drivers affecting the profession.

Q: What is the application process to become a leadership mentor?

A: You will need to complete an online application, which includes a testimonial from a colleague or manager and a personal statement stating why you would like to become a leadership mentor and giving recent examples of your leadership skills.

When completing your supporting statement, please make reference to any formal or informal leadership training and all relevant skills that you can bring to this role as highlighted below.

Please include reference to:

• Up-to-date knowledge of local/national policy and legislation

• Lobbying, influencing and/or campaigning

• Clinical business skills (e.g. writing a business case, health economics, etc.)

• Service model development

• Outcome-based procurement

• Workforce (e.g. use of data, workforce planning, etc.)

• Public health

• Quality assurance

• Technology (e.g. telehealth, AAC)

• Clinical audit

• Development of guidance, standards and/or strategy papers

• Other (please specify)

Your application will then be considered by our leadership mentors panel. If consider yourself a suitable candidate and have collated all required evidence for the application, please see the ‘How to apply’ section below.

Q: How does the relationship between the mentor and mentee work?

A: The relationship will be informal. A leadership mentor will act like a sounding board to the mentee, making suggestions and giving advice about how to proceed.

As well as one-off advice, some mentees may wish to establish a more ongoing mentoring relationship; this would be negotiated between the mentor and mentee.

Please be aware that RCSLT leadership mentors do not have the remit to negotiate with colleagues on your behalf, or act as a delegate of the SLT profession to non-SLT parties.

How to apply

Once you have gathered all required evidence, including a testimonial from your manager/colleague, details of any formal training and your supporting statement, please apply online or by downloading a paper-based copy of the application form.


Please complete the form :

Leadership Mentors Online Application

When you complete the forms online, the RCSLT will automatically be alerted of your application. We will also contact applicants who have commenced but not completed their applications. 

Find out more

If you would like to be considered for a leadership mentor role, would like support from a leadership mentor, or if you would just like to find out more, please contact us