Guidance produced in response to COVID-19

Reducing risk of transmission 

Restoring services

Joint publications

The joint statement on PPE for those who care for people who regularly cough is being redrafted following helpful feedback received from a number of interested parties. A new statement will be issued as soon as possible. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Kim Hartley Kean, head of RCSLT Scotland Office, at



The COVID-19 patient pathway for SLTs

Join the RCSLT for a series of webinars taking you through the Covid-19 patient pathway from the speech and language perspective. In this series we will look at everything from how patients present at the Intensive Care Unit; to interventions in critical care; to rehabilitation in the community; to how to look after yourself and sources of support.

Webinar 1: COVID-19: Critical Care for SLTs

  • What is the disease? What do we know? Typical presentations of a patient in the COVID-19 critical care pathway
  • How the COVID-19 ICU experience differs from the normal scope of practice • Intubation, post extubation issues
  • Tracheostomy management and weaning


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Q&A document – COVID-19: Critical Care for SLTs

Webinar 2: Practical and ethical decisions in adults with COVID-19

By attending this webinar you will gain an understanding of:

  • The types patients with COVID-19 being seen on non-critical care wards,
  • The types of clinical presentation that these patients have,
  • Modifications to approaches to management including end of life care,
  • Managing eating and drinking for those at risk of aspiration,
  • Approaches to managing mental capacity assessment,
  • Using ethical frameworks to support and inform decision making.


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Q&A document - COVID-19: Practical and ethical decisions in adults

Webinar 3: Laryngectomy

By attending this webinar, delegates will learn about:

  • How inpatient and outpatient laryngectomy services are being adapted in response to COVID-19
  • The use of personal protective equipment in laryngectomy services
  • Using telehealth to support laryngectomy patients
  • Managing patients’ anxiety during the crisis


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Webinar 4: Rehabilitation

By attending this webinar, you will gain an understanding of:

  • Clinical presentations and rehab needs of COVID-19 patients
  • The RCSLT / Intensive Care Society Rehabilitation Pathway
  • Partnership working for rehabilitation
  • How SLTs are making a positive impact


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Webinar 5: Telehealth

After attending this webinar, delegates will have:

  • The evidence base for telehealth pre-COVID-19
  • What telehealth looks like now, in the context of COVID-19
  • The new RCSLT telehealth guidance, including practical how-to advice 
  • Examples in adult services, looking at dysphagia and risk assessment
  • The patient experience of telehealth services


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RCSLT open access guidance

COVID-19 speech and language therapy data collection 

The RCSLT has developed a dataset and a data collection tool to support the speech and language therapy profession with capturing data on the management of patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19. Visit our page about the COVID-19 Data Collection Tool to:
  • Download the spreadsheet and accompanying resources
  • Register your SLT service to submit data to the national database and access reports
  • Find out more about how you can collect this data if you are already using the RCSLT Online Outcome Tool 

If you have any feedback or questions, please contact 

Frequently asked questions

For further information for RCSLT members, visit our frequently asked questions.

The RCSLT will continue to keep members updated.

If you have any questions, please contact us. 

RCSLT advice services

If you have a query about any aspect of your clinical practice, the RCSLT can put you in touch with one of our clinical advisers, who can help you try to resolve your issue. During the COVID-19 crisis we are receiving a large volume of requests, therefore we have set up a pool of temporary COVID-19 advisers, who can also provide this type of support. Please get in touch with us at  if you would like to make use of this valuable service.

Becoming an RCSLT COVID-19 temporary adviser

To support members being redeployed as a result of COVID-19, the RCSLT has set up a pool of temporary advisers who can offer advice to SLTs working in a new clinical setting. This is a great opportunity for members with the relevant skills and experience to support the profession at this difficult time. Advisers will operate until the COVID-19 crisis has ended. We are particularly looking for advisers in the areas of critical care, adult dysphagia and telehealth, but would welcome applications from other areas.

Please note applications for the temporary adviser role will close on 1 September 2020

RCSLT has temporarily paused the applications for the COVID-19 temporary clinical advisers. Information will be available here once the application process reopens.

However, given the complexities of governance and insurance issues associated with the temporary wellbeing adviser role,  RCSLT has decided not to proceed with this scheme. Information and support for wellbeing can be found here.