Guidance produced in response to COVID-19

Reducing risk of transmission

Restoring services

Workforce

Clinical guidance

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 kim.hartleykean@rcslt.org.

Webinars

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 (ICU); 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

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

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

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

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

Q&A document – COVID-19: Practical and ethical decisions in adults (PDF)

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

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

Download the list of references (PDF)

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

Watch the webinar in full

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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

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

Webinar 6: Telehealth in the COVID-19 context working with children

After attending this webinar, delegates will have:

  • How SLTs are delivering tele therapy to children in the context of COVID-19
  • Practical ideas, examples and case studies to support your practice
  • How to address issues of patient choice and technology access
  • Up to the minute research on SLTs’ use of telehealth

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

RCSLT webinar: Improving Stroke Care – The impact of COVID present and future

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

  • Adapting to service provision in light of COVID-19
  • Continuing to meet stroke targets in the new “normal”
  • Community provision of therapy including using different assessments and remote provision of therapy
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver patient care pathways

Watch the webinar in full

Download the presentation (PDF)

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. Please get in touch with us at info@rcslt.org  if you would like to make use of this valuable service.

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