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, which took place in May 2021, and find out how to start conversations in your own workplace.


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

This programme of learning was released in the lead up to the live virtual events in May 2021. Although the event has now finished, the programme is available for you to explore and to use to start conversations in your workplaces.

Programme of learning

This series of videos is part of the programme of learning which accompanied our event in May 2021.

What are we doing? The RCSLT programme of work

Presented by Kamini Gadhok MBE, previous chief executive RCSLT, this is the first instalment of the anti-racism in speech and language therapy programme of learning.

What is anti-racism?

Dr Muna Abdi, director, MA Education Consultancy CIC, discusses what is meant by the term anti-racism.

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

This three part video series explores disparities within health, education and socioeconomics in the UK and increasing representation of minorities in your day-to-day work.

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

How to start an impactful conversation in your team

Presented by Nazia Rizwan, principal SLT, and Paula Parr, principal SLT, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, discusses how to have impactful conversations in your team.

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, Author; and Dr Sean Pert, RCSLT bilingualism adviser, senior lecturer and consultant SLT, University of Manchester and Indigo Gender Service

Examining the NHS context

Presented by Dr Joanne Fillingham, deputy chief allied health professions officer (CAHPO), NHS England and NHS Improvement and Stuart Palma, professional head of AHPs, NHS Improvement

Towards diversity and inclusion: a methodology for improvement

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

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

Starting conversations in your workplace

We’re sharing the workshop materials, facilitator materials and programme outline so you can run some of the discussions in your own workplace.

We also have a list of resources on microaggressions and bullying (PDF) to help further your understanding of these issues.

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