RCSLT Updates

The RCSLT is dedicated to continuing to encourage diversity within our profession, and ensuring the four pledges outlined in our Black Lives Matter statement are met. This page will outline the ongoing progress of this work.

Follow the latest RCSLT anti-racism updates.

Last updated: 02/09/20

28 August

Anti-racism reference group meeting

The reference group met with Kamini and RCSLT staff for an update on the current anti-racism work. The meeting covered:

  • NHS England’s response to Black Lives Matter;
  • supporting our members to be actively anti-racist;
  • diversity within the workforce;
  • and meeting the needs of our diverse populations.

Members also discussed what the new anti-racism online member forum should be used for and what content it should feature.

For the full meeting presentation, please click here.

26 August

AHP blog on workforce diversity

Chief allied health professions officer (CAHPO) Suzanne Rastrick has launched a blog on AHP workforce diversity.

As part of the blog, the CAHPO has announced the establishment of the ‘CAHPO Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Strategic Advisory Forum’. The forum will provide a specific focus on race equality from a BAME perspective to influence, support and advise on the implementation and delivery of strategies, policies and practice that positively impacts on BAME AHPs and the communities they serve.

The forum will drive the development of strategy and actions that will improve the diversity of the AHP workforce and the experience of BAME AHPs working in the NHS. Applications are welcomed from students, support workers, and registered AHPs, working in the health and care sector, independent sector and higher education.

Please share this communication with anyone who may be interested in this opportunity. Applications can be accessed here

The application closes at midnight of 25th of September 2020. If you have any enquiries, please contact kikelomo.odusegun@nhs.net

20-24 July

CAHPO meeting

20 July: RCSLT’s Kamini Gadhok, Judith Broll and Irma Donaldson and representatives from other AHP professional bodies attended a meeting with the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) and her team to discuss priorities to deliver system change within the NHS in the context of diversity and anti-racism.
The RCSLT raised a number of issues, including the need to identify key stakeholders and where accountability sits (e.g. with NHSE, HEE, CQC, professional bodies, unions). Read more… 

BAME leadership grant

We would encourage any Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) members to apply for the Business of Healthcare scholarship programme, created to support BAME healthcare professionals in pursuing their leadership careers

15 July

Since the release of our Black Lives Matter statement (04/06/20) the RCSLT has been working to implement the four anti-racist pledges that were outlined:

Promote greater visibility of BAME members across all RCSLT communications channels

  • An audit of the images on our website has been conducted. As a result, the 15 most visited pages have been edited in order to better reflect the diversity of our profession and the communities we serve. A list of these pages will be available on our social media soon.
  • We have partnered with @SLTsofColour on Instagram to help us in featuring a wider and more inclusive range of profiles in our ongoing ‘Faces of SLTs’ series. To get involved, message @SLTsofColour or @RCSLT on Instagram.
  • In the July issue of Bulletin we have launched the new column ‘Focus on Diversity’; a space dedicated to showcasing the voices and experiences of Black, Asian and ethnic minority SLTs. Going forward, this column will be a permanent section within Bulletin. If you are interested in contributing, email siobhan.lewis@rcslt.org
  • The RCSLT careers promotion working group is in discussions to develop more diverse images and material to be used in careers promotion materials, with plans to continue an ongoing project of filming collateral with student SLTs when COVID-19-related restrictions ease.

Hold a profession-wide online event, led by members of the BAME community

  • Plans to hold a Town hall event are underway, with RCSLT staff working collaboratively with the membership to identify a date, aims and a planning committee.

A platform/safe space for BAME members, including SLT students

  • An ‘anti-racist forum’ has been established on our new professional networks platform. It is currently being trialled by members from the diversity working group, and plans for a closed group for BAME members will be discussed at the Town Hall event.

Encourage our membership to learn and engage more through literature

  • Working with our membership, an RCSLT anti-racist reading and resources list was published in the July issue of Bulletin, with an extended version published to the website.
  • Plans for an intersectional ‘Lunch and Learn’ for RCSLT staff are underway.
  • Staff are working in conjunction with academics and members to produce an intersectional reading and resources list for RCSLT board members.
  • Our placement guidance is set to be updated; a sub-author has been appointed and consultations with staff have begun.

4 June

Diversity webpages

We’ve made the diversity pages on our website open access so that members may see the work that is currently underway, topics include:

  • careers;
  • apprenticeships;
  • diversity in speech and language therapy and research;
  • on-going projects;
  • and diversity facts.

To view these pages, please click here.

Member suggested actions

We want to take our members with us on this journey, and in doing so understand the need to be transparent about the work we are doing internally and the importance of co-production. RCSLT has committed it undertake a series of actions suggest by members, please see them below:

  • To promote greater visibility of BAME members across all RCSLT communications channels in order to improve representation across the website and social media channels.
  • To create a platform/safe space for BAME members, including SLT students, to express the challenges that they face without judgement or fear of repercussion.
  • To hold a profession-wide online event, led by members of the BAME community, in order to have a candid conversation about racism and discrimination, to support cultural change within the profession.
  • To encourage our membership to learn and engage more through literature to support greater understanding, awareness and active change of racist and/or discriminatory practice and to create a culture of challenging those behaviours.

The RCSLT pledges to actively work with our members to stand with the Black community and other BAME communities against all forms of racism, to be anti-racist, and to do everything we can to bring about a positive change.

We encourage members to get in touch with further suggestions and feedback.

Member involvement

There are many ways to get involved with RCSLT’s on-going anti-racism work.


  • ‘Focus on Diversity’ column
    In July of this year, Bulletin announced a permanent column, dedicated to raising the voices of BAME and minority SLTs. If you have a topic or lived experience that you would like to share, please email siobhan.lewis@rcslt.org
  • Feature, Opinion and My Working Life articles
    Bulletin is actively looking to promote the work of BAME SLTs within Bulletin. Please see our writing guidelines or email bulletin@rcslt.org.

Social media

  • Instagram
    We have partnered with @SLTsofColour on Instagram to help us in featuring a wider and more inclusive range of profiles in our ongoing ‘Faces of SLTs’ series. To get involved, message @SLTsofColour or @RCSLT on Instagram.

Anti-racism forum

The RCSLT’s anti-racism online forum for all members is now live. Please email amina.malik@rcslt.org if you would like to join a discussion about this, and potentially volunteer to be a forum moderator and/or help to plan forum content.
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