Anti-racism in speech and language therapy – Programme of learning

Explore a collection of learning materials as part of the RCSLT’s Anti-racism in speech and language therapy event. From now until May, we’ll be sharing videos from guest speakers, as well as reflection and learning prompts, all designed to help you get the most out of the event.


In 2020, the RCSLT pledged to hold a profession-wide online event with content led by Black, Asian and ethnic minority SLTs, with the aim of supporting cultural change within the profession.

The event comprises a programme of learning that will span several months. Pre-recorded videos will be released one at a time in the lead up to the event and will remain accessible, allowing all members to engage in the learning in their own time.

Prompts for discussion and reflection will be shared alongside the videos, so that members can engage with the learning both on their own and within their teams and services.

About the live event

The programme of learning will lead up to the virtual live events in May 2021. We will be holding the event twice in order to maximise participation – once during the day (21 May, 9.30am-12pm) and once in the evening (26 May, 5.30pm-8pm). You only need to attend one event.

Haven’t registered for the event yet? Visit our events pages to register for the 21 May event or the 26 May event.

Programme of learning

What are we doing? The RCSLT programme of work

Presented by Kamini Gadhok MBE, chief executive, RCSLT

What is anti-racism?

Presented by Dr Muna Abdi, director, MA Education Consultancy CIC

What it is like on the ground: issues of diversity with speech and language therapy

Presented by Naomi Ignatius, senior SLT, Neurosciences SLT Service, Kings College Hospital NHS Trust

Be part of the conversation

Join Naomi (@nay_p31) for a Twitter Q&A, 3 March 1pm-1.30pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

How to start an impactful conversation in your team

Presnted by Nazia Rizwan, principal SLT, and Paula Parr, principal SLT, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

  • 13 minutes
  • Released 11 March – watch Nazia’s video and read our additional learning prompts on the featured video tab

Be part of the conversation

Join Nazia (@NaziaRizwanSLT) for a Twitter Q&A on 11 March, 2pm-2.30pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

Positive about bilingualism and cultural diversity

Presented by Sunita Shah, RCSLT bilingualism adviser and independent practitioner, Together Let’s Communicate Limited, Speech and Language Therapy, Autor; and Dr Sean Pert, RCSLT bilingualism adviser, senior lecturer and consultant SLT, University of Manchester and Indigo Gender Service

  • 1 hour 3 minutes
  • Debuting 27 March, 12pm

Be part of the conversation

Join Sunita (@thejaijais) on Instagram live on 30 March, 12.00am-12.30pm

How did we get here? Examining the NHS context

Presented by Dr Joanne Fillingham, deputy CAHPO, NHS England and NHS Improvement; Owen Chinembiri, WRES implementation lead NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, NHS England and NHS Improvement; and Stuart Palma, professional head of AHPs, NHS Improvement

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting: week of 19 April 2021

Towards diversity and inclusion: a methodology for improvement

Presented by Caroline Poole, head of allied health professions, NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting: week of 10 May 2021

Lived experience, safe spaces and community

Presented by Ilyeh Nahdi, SLT, Woodfield School, host of SLTeaTime podcast and Angela Whiteley, specialist SLT, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, SLTs of Colour on Twitter

  • 10 minutes
  • Debuting 19 May from 11am

Be part of the conversation

Join Angela Whiteley (@OfSlts@SltDigital) on Twitter for a live Q&A on 20 May, 11.30am-12pm and Ilyeh (@IlyehNahdiSLT), 5.30pm-6pm – use the hashtag #SLTAntiRacism to get involved.

Featured video

Watch the current featured video and additional learning prompts from our programme of learning.

How to start an impactful conversation in your team

Presented by Nazia Rizwan and Paula Parr, principal SLTs, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Additional learning prompts

Don’t forget that this learning counts as continuing professional development and can be recorded in your CPD diary. You might like to create a new goal for anti-racism, under which you can record all related learning activities. Perhaps you could reflect on:

  • What did you think about this video, how did you feel about it?
  • How do you feel about beginning the conversation in your team?
  • How do you think this topic will be received within your team?
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