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Introduction 

In this section you will find a selection of resources specially created by RCSLT for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), including learning-journeys; elearning courses and tool-kits, as well as details about journal clubs, learning champions and other useful links.

Please be aware that, as well as the resources in this section, you can find many other learning resources and opportunities throughout the RCSLT website. For example, you will find a learning page for each clinical area and guidance on Delivering Quality Services.

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Learning journeys

Overview

Learning journeys are curated lists of content, which guide a person through a sequence of learning in a structured way.

You could think of them like a playlist of recommended learning materials which members are free to follow. They can be pulled together from different types of content, including videos, journal articles, web pages, online discussions, Twitter discussions, blog posts, elearning; events, webinars. The learning journeys format works for both clinical and professional subjects

eHealth

This learning journey will introduce you to the four main strands of eHealth: apps; telehealth; social media, and information governance, and their application and relevance to speech and language therapy. It is split into four separate modules, mirroring the themes above, and can be completed in any order, at your own pace (the modules will save your progress, so you do not have to do it all at once).

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk

The Box

This free modular course is designed for people working across the criminal justice system, including those working in the police; courts; prisons; youth offending services, and probation services. It is designed to increase professionals’ awareness of speech, language and communication needs; help them to understand how these needs might impact on their clients, and how to improve their interaction with individuals.

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk

Disability Matters learning journeys

Working with pre-school children

The RCSLT has created two learning journeys for SLTs and assistants working with children and young people with disability, as part of the Disability Matters project.

Working with pre-school children covers: The child’s rights, Best interests decision making, Advanced case planning, Issues around family life, Growing up, Transition, Meanings of behaviours, Responding positively to challenging behaviours.

Working with school-age covers: The child’s rights, Best interests decision-making, Advanced case planning, Issues around family life, Growing up, Transition, Meanings of behaviours, Responding positively to challenging behaviours.

Leadership and local influencing – We need your help!

We are now kicking-off development of a new learning journey, on the theme of Leadership and local influencing, which is aimed at helping members to develop skills in those areas.

We are, therefore, looking for members across the UK to fulfil the following roles:

  • learning author (please note: separate authors for ‘leadership’ and ‘influencing’)
  • supporting authors
  • peer reviewers

To get involved, please visit the Leadership and local influencing learning journey page

Or want to find out more please contact us.

Elearning

An introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

This elearning is intended to be a starting point or refresher for finding out about Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the importance of its three components: clinical expertise, patient opinions and research evidence. It provides information about:

  • what it means to use an evidence-based approach to practice
  • the value of using this approach
  • practical ways to start or continue developing an evidence-based approach

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk 

Research under the spotlight

This course takes you through the process of breaking down research articles, and shows you how to decide whether it is worth your time reading the whole paper. With top tips from experts and self-assessment quizzes, it is a quick way to develop your confidence in understanding research and signposts you to even more resources to develop your skills further. 

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk

Clinical decision-making 

The tool provides a step-by-step guide to the clinical decision-making process, taking you from assessment through to the selection and evaluation of interventions for individual clients.

We hope that you find this tool helpful and that it will encourage you to develop clinical practice and the evidence base.

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk

Working with bilingual children

Elearning package for practising SLTs, newly-qualified practitioners, returners to practice and assistant practitioners. This 2 to 4 hour online learning experience aims to build confidence and knowledge for those working with bilingual children. 

www.rcsltcpd.org.uk

Reflective writing workshop

This elearning workshop will give you an opportunity to try new activities, see different examples of reflective writing and help you to practise and perfect your own style of reflective writing in a fun environment.

For more information please visit our Reflective writing guidance.

CPD toolkit

What is the RCSLT CPD Toolkit?

The RCSLT CPD Toolkit is a collection of methods to help you fulfil your CPD requirements and save you time and effort.

The toolkit describes the standards for CPD set by the HCPC and RCSLT and then gives practical ways you can plan your personal development around your SLT practice.

The toolkit was originally published in 2006 but it has been updated (2017) to make it easier to use.

Contents:

  • Chapter 1: RCSLT and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Chapter 2: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and CPD
  • Chapter 3: RCSLT guidance on CPD
  • Chapter 4: Preparing a Personal Development Plan (PDP)
  • Chapter 5: Reflective writing
  • Chapter 6: Significant Event Analysis  (SEA)
  • Chapter 7: CPD and evidence from practice
  • Chapter 8: CPD and mentoring
  • Chapter 9: Peer review and observation
  • Chapter 10: Appendix

Download the document:

Practice-based scenarios A - F

Our practice based scenarios cover a broad range of subjects you may encounter in your professional life; including issues relating to professionalism, technology and information governance.

Each scenario provides a tricky work-based problem for you to consider. They are designed to prompt discussion and can be done on your own or with your colleagues or in groups; for example as part of a Hub or CEN. 

Within each scenario you will also find links to key resources and areas of professional practice and HCPC standards. 

Completed?

Once you have completed any of the scenarios, please update your CPD diary, as these counts towards your CPD.

Questions, comments or improvements?

If you have comments or questions about these scenarios please contact us. If you have any suggestions for future scenarios or ideas to improve our existing scenarios, we would welcome your input.

Practice-based scenarios G - Z

Our practice based scenarios cover a broad range of subjects you may encounter in your professional life; including issues relating to professionalism, technology and information governance.

Each scenario provides a tricky work-based problem for you to consider. They are designed to prompt discussion and can be done on your own or with your colleagues or in groups; for example as part of a Hub or CEN. 

Within each scenario you will also find links to key resources and areas of professional practice and HCPC standards. 

Completed?

Once you have completed any of the scenarios, please update your CPD diary, as these counts towards your CPD.

Questions, comments or improvements?

If you have comments or questions about these scenarios please contact us. If you have any suggestions for future scenarios or ideas to improve our existing scenarios, we would welcome your input.

Leadership and local influencing scenarios 

Our practice based scenarios focus on varying strands of both leadership and local influencing. They are part of the wider leadership and local influencing learning journeys and are referenced throughout these.

These are scenarios you may encounter in your professional life, including; issues relating to building relationships, conflict and building positive team climates.

Each scenario provides a tricky work-based problem for you to consider. They are designed to prompt discussion, and ultimately, help you reflect on what you might do if faced with a similar situation.

They are designed to be done on your own, with your colleagues or in groups; for example as part of a Hub or CEN. Please see below for the scenarios:

Leadership scenarios

Influencing scenarios

Completed?

Once you have completed any of the scenarios, please update your CPD diary, as these counts towards your CPD.

Questions, comments or improvements?

If you have comments or questions about these scenarios please contact us. If you have any suggestions for future scenarios or ideas to improve our existing scenarios, we would welcome your input.

Journal clubs

The RCSLT Twitter journal club is a monthly meeting where individuals can critically evaluate recent articles in academic literature. Journal clubs are a great way of keeping up-to-date with the evidence base. It also provides a forum for discussion of the clinical implications of published research and support the development of your critical appraisal skills.

Each month a guest host will launch a discussion of a key journal article relevant to SLTs, providing an opportunity for you to use social media to discuss current topics, explore collaborations, support, mentorship and promote evidence-based practice.

The ultimate goal is to improve the service-user intervention, and care that SLTs provide.

Don't worry if you haven't joined a Tweetchat before, you can find lots of advice, and we'll post a summary of the discussions on this blog afterwards for everyone to read.

Learning Champions 

Learning Champions are members who are passionate about lifelong learning; keen to share opportunities and learning with colleague and always thinking how to ‘do CPD better’.

We’ll be looking to Learning Champions to work with us on ways to support members with their CPD; to cascade tips and support to their hubs and other networks; and to shape and feedback on RCSLT learning resources and opportunities.

Being a Learning Champion will:

  • Give you a chance to preview the new website learning areas and resources as we build them
  • Help you to build your networks, confidence and resilience
  • Give you a say in how RCSLT supports members’ CPD
  • Count towards your CPD
  • How do I become a Learning Champion?

Please contact us to find out about becoming a learning champion

Webinars

The RCSLT holds regular webinars on issues and subjects relating to speech and language therapy. Webinars are interactive web-based seminars where attendees can submit questions and comments before or during the presentation. We record our webinars so that you can watch them back later on our webinar archive.

Resources from other organisations

We have compiled a set of CPD resources from RCSLT members and associations which are relevant to speech and language therapy.

Aphasia

Better Conversations with Aphasia - A free elearning open access resource to improve access to conversation therapy for SLTs, people with aphasia (PWA) and their families.

Aphasia Software Finder - The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

The aim of the Aphasia Software Finder is to help people with aphasia, their families and friends, speech and language therapists and/or academics find material that could help improve communication.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Birthday Party is a training film for professionals to raise awareness of the signs of ASD - The film is a partnership project between the government, university and clinical partners. It has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Welsh Government.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health topics A series of topics and resources spanning child and adult mental health from The Association of Child and Adult Mental Health.

Child communication

Better Communication Research Programme

A clinical resource called the Communication supporting classroom observation tool. It's based on research literature, which focuses on what aspects of the classroom support the development of communication.

Quality Improvement

AHP QIPP toolkits - A series of resources, which have been designed in collaboration with AHP bodies and several national clinical directors to aid planning for transformational working. The range of toolkits includes CPD for AHPs, oral nutritional support and cancer.

Safeguarding

Seen and Heard - 2016 This elearning module aims to help those working with young people to spot and act on signs of sexual abuse.  The module, based on video and audio snippets, highlights what it is like for young people with ‘something to tell’. The module takes approximately one hour to complete.  Watch the video

Safeguarding adults - 2016 From the Social Care Institute of Excellence

Tracheostomy

National Tracheostomy Safety Project - The National Tracheostomy Safety Project has a large range of resources including:training videos (looking at the role of SLTs in supporting communication; interviews with staff and patients and also an interview with the Head of NALC (National Assoc of Laryngectomy clubs); elearning resources and algorithms. There is also a free App ‘NTSP’.

General resources

Reflective writing workshop

NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Network  - website of resources from NHS Education for Scotland.

e-LfH (e-Learning for Healthcare) portal

Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies providing high quality content free of charge, for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK. Free resources if you are employed by the NHS. If you are an independent SLT - many of the programmes have sample modules which anyone can use, some are open access and some require a fee. 

A right to communicate - Video produced by Equal Voices: Creativity beyond barriers.

Bradford Care Trust's videos on a range of issues related to speech and language therapy - Produced by Jane Norton, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Bradford Care Trust.

Bullmeadow Speech and Language Therapy Centre's video on the importance of early communication with babies - Produced by Emmie Payne-Cook and Sally Proctor of the Bull Meadow Clinic, using Big Lottery money and the help of local families.

Open University webguide - guide to computing and internet skills

Social Care TV - a range of videos from the Social Care Institute of Excellence