The RCSLT have hosted a number of research-focused events, and in this section you can find information and resources about them.

We have hosted three successful Research Champion Workshops, whereby our members have shared their presentations and posters on evidence-based practice, research careers and projects which can be found for your use in these pages.

These pages will be updated over time following our events. 

RCSLT Research Champion Workshop 2018

Thursday 5 July 2018

City, University of London, Northampton Suite, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The third RCSLT Research Champion Workshop was packed full of presentations and practical workshops, to help embed the evidence base and research into practice and how to make competitive applications for grants and fellowships. The day also offered a wealth of opportunities for Research Champions to present their work.

Aims and objectives

This event gave RCSLT Research Champions the opportunity to:

  • Develop the role of the research champion at a local and national level
  • Share good practice initiatives to support evidence based practice
  • Develop contacts within the network to support research and development work
  • Gain knowledge and contribute to the strategic and operational research and development work of the RCSLT
  • Develop knowledge in public and patient involvement (PPI)
  • Develop knowledge and skills in core areas of research

For more details, please see the full programme.


Please note that presentations are available subject to author’s consent

Mal Palin, Senior Programme Manager, NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre

Sarah Buckley, Independent Speech and Language Therapy Manager

Richard Francis, Head of Research Awards, Stroke Association

Heidi Siddle, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Associate Professor and Consultant Podiatrist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Sam Burr, Clinical Academic SLT, Solent NHS Trust

Anna Sowerbutts, SLT, Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City

Sally Archer, Clinical Lead SLT, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

Avril Nicoll, SLT Researcher, NMAHP Research Unit

  • Lightning talks: embarking on research careers – lessons from clinical academics

Anna Volkmer and the ClinAcSLT Network, SLT, University College London

Sally Boa, Head of Education and Research, Strathcarron Hospice

Hazel Warren, SLT, Nottingham CityCare


Evidence Based Practice

Clinical Academic Career

Research Project

RCSLT Research Champion Workshop 2016

The posters below were presented at the last Research Champions Workshop (2016). They provide an easy access summary of an evidence-based practice initiative, audit, service evaluation or research project that RCSLT Research Champions have been involved with.

You can download the author's poster by clicking on their name.



Question / Rationale

A. Mikolajczyk & A. Bateman

Cambridgeshire Community Services

To show the need for stroke specialist psychological support in the community and to investigate the appropriateness of this approach

Alison Mullen

Newcastle University

Identifying gaps in research concerning decision making forgastrostomy in adults with learning disabilities (LD)

Alison Mullen

Newcastle University

Exploring the use of pulse oximetry in dysphagia assessment for adults with learning disability (LD): A feasibility study

Barbara Moseley Harris

Shropshire Community NHS Trust

To clarify and record the evidence-base for current practice: treatment options

Beth Madigan

SLT Staffs

It is assumed that practicing SLTs are interested in accessing the current evidence base, in order to inform best practice in clinical situations.

The West Midlands SLI CEN aimed to establish whether its members valued an opportunity to explore and apply current theories of treatment for children with phonological disorders.

Bryony Aitken

Sandwell NHS

To assess the validity of the WellComm screening tool when compared against the Reynell Developmental Language Scales III (RDLS)

Clare Keohane

Oliver Zangwill Centre

To identify the prevalence of hyperacusis in a traumatic brain injury population

To explore possible risk factors associated with the presence of hyperacusis following a TBI

To identify the main symptoms of hyperacusis that present in TBI patients

Dr Rosalind Merrick

UCL Institute of Education

How can ‘Picture Me’ materials (Merrick, 2014) be used to put children’s views and aspirations at the centre of their therapy?

Dr Rosalind Merrick

UCL Institute of Education

How can teaching assistants working with autistic pupils foster an improvement in learner independence?

Isabel O’Leary

Sheffield Children’s NHS FT

What influences parental attendance at their child’s school-based SLT initial assessment appointment?

Jo Patterson

SRH / Newcastle University

Is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy enhanced swallowing intervention feasible for Head and Neck cancer (HNC) patients with swallowing difficulties?

Jodi Allen and Laura Sinnott

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

To what extent can trained clinicians identify underlying dysphagia pathophysiology in the acute hospital population using clinical bedside assessment?

Katherine Broomfield

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust,

University of the West of England,

Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit

Barriers and facilitators to communication aid use: lessons from the experiences of established communication aid users in Gloucestershire gathered from face to face interviews

Lotte Meteyard, Natasha Ross, Caroline Perry and Susan Willows

University of Reading and Royal Berkshire Hospital

(1) How does the dysphagia service provided by an adult acute SLT team for Head and Neck cancer patients fit with best-practice guidelines and the evidence base?

(2) Can student SLTs provide extra resources to SLT teams to complete service evaluation and development?

Lucy Nicoll

Moor House School & University College London

Pupils require support to access English curriculum texts due to figurative language. Investigated effectiveness of two intervention approaches; 1:1 SLT & Teacher.

Mark Jayes

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We wanted to ensure that adult acute hospital patients with communication disorders receive appropriate, evidence-based SLT input and that SLT resources are used optimally.

Nina Soloff

CNWL-Milton Keynes

The difficulties of embedding evidence-based practice into clinical work are well-documented.

A system which integrated the evidence-base with service-delivery (packages of care) was required.

Pippa Hales

Papworth Hospital

Identify existing research into dysphagia in Ataxia Telangiectasia

Rachel Mathrick

Professor Courtenay Norbury

St Catherine’s School Isle of Wight*

& Royal Holloway University of London

Can young people with lifelong SLCN improve their interview skills by decreasing negative non verbal and verbal behaviours and increasing positive non verbal and verbal skills during an interview using a published interview intervention resource (Mathrick and Meagher, STASS Publications).

Rachel Mathrick, Nicola Masterson, Tina Meagher, Kayleigh Morey and Rachael Parsloe

St Catherine’s School, Isle of Wight

Can song lyrics and a context strategy-based therapy be used to improve language skills such as summarising overall meaning, identifying, and working out the meaning of slang and inferred language for young people (17-18 year olds) with lifelong SLCN?

Rosemary Gravell

University of Sheffield

Some clients following acquired brain injury do not engage with rehabilitation services.

This qualitative study aimed to explore the perceptions and expectations people have, following discharge from acute services and before community rehabilitation begins.

Steph Peters

ABUHB / University of South Wales

The department has run this National Autistic Society programme for carers and school staff for a number of years. A service evaluation was carried out.

Susan Guthrie

Affiliation Lancashire Care FT; Calderstones FP Trust

What mealtime difficulties do caregivers perceive at mealtimes, what social and environmental problems are identified?

Vasiliki Saounatsou

Cwm Taf UHB

What do parents/carers think of the therapy provided by the community paeds SLT service at Cwm Taf UHB?

Past RCSLT research events and resources

  • September 2017 - RCSLT Conference where the Research and Development Team presented, as well as lots of our Research Champions.
  • January 2017 - Research Priorities Setting Workshop for Dysphagia
  • July 2016 - RCSLT Research Champions Day
  • March 2015 - RCSLT Research Champions Day
  • November 2014 - presentation outlines the research and development strategy and vision for the profession, resources and support available to members and suggested activities for hubs.
  • Hub Development Day November 2014 – a presentation for hubs that outlines research and development strategy, summarises the resources and support available and provides examples from the London hub and the national Specialists in Specific Speech Impairment network.