RCSLT Conference 2017









Speech and language therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT
Your profession, your CPD

27 – 28 September 2017
Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow


***Bookings now open***
Take advantage of early bird rates until 31 July 2017. Find out more about how to book your place


Watch Dr Rebecca Palmer, NIHR Senior Clinical Academic lecturer, University of Sheffield and RCSLT Trustee for Research and Development discuss this year's conference.



Call for papers: deadline Friday 7 April 2017


The RCSLT is inviting submissions for the 2017 Conference - Speech and language therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT. Share your research results or showcase service delivery innovations at the largest gathering of RCSLT members in the UK. This two-day event will feature oral and poster presentations with workshops, parallel and plenary sessions and keynote speakers. The review panel will be looking for submissions that are relevant to the conference aims and objectives.

Submitting an abstract

The following documents will help support you with your submission:

  • The quick-look FAQ guide gives an overview of the benefits of submitting an abstract and the submission process
  • The abstract submission guidelines provide the detailed information you need before making a submission. Please refer to the “submissions and guidelines for authors” section below.

Conference aims and objectives

We invite submissions that will help delegates to:

  • Use the latest evidence base to inform and enhance their clinical practice to improve outcomes for  service users
  • Disseminate evaluations of interventions and service delivery
  • Share emerging innovations and approaches to service interventions
  • Work with decision makers and budget holders to understand how speech and language therapy supports delivery of key priorities at national, service, population and individual levels
  • Develop the business case for new workforce models and service redesign


We are seeking submissions within the following three categories:

  • Research (Speech and language therapy research contributing new knowledge)
  • Audit/service evaluation
  • Brag and steal (Showcasing how research evidence is being applied to practice)

For the first time our ‘Brag and Steal’ category is dedicated to showcasing how research evidence is being applied in practice and clinical innovations that  have been evaluated and have the potential to change or inform practice.

Submissions and guidelines for authors

The organising committee is inviting submissions for oral presentations, workshops and/or posters that address any of the above categories within all areas of speech and language therapy. We welcome submissions for poster presentations if your research results are pending.

Please ensure you have read the abstract submission guidelines in full before making your submission.

This year we are using a new online system for abstracts.

To submit an abstract, visit https://rcslt2017.exordo.com

  • To create an account please enter your email address; Ex Ordo will prompt you to create login details, which will allow you to create, save and edit your submission(s) until 7 April 2017

  • Please note that due to known security flaws, Ex Ordo do not support Internet Explorer 9 or 10. This means if you use either of these browsers, you won't be able to access Ex Ordo. Please upgrade your browser, or use an alternative browser e.g. Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc.

Submissions will be peered reviewed overseen by members of the organising committee to ensure consistency and objectivity.

The deadline for submissions is 7 April 2017. We hope to notify authors regarding the outcome of their submission in mid-May 2017.


Book now for the RCSLT Conference 2017


Bookings are now open for the RCSLT Conference 2017 Speech and language therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT – take advantage of early bird rates until 31 July 2017.

This year’s event will explore the ways in which speech and language therapy impacts at both a population and individual level; using evidence-based practice and new innovations to improve outcomes.

The conference will showcase the latest in research and service evaluation, as well as introducing a new type of presentation, ‘brag and steal’, highlighting how research evidence is being applied in clinical practice. Whether you work in research, are in full-time clinical practice, or are just starting your career as an SLT, the RCSLT Conference 2017 will include something for you.

The event will feature two days of oral and poster presentations with workshops, parallel and plenary sessions and keynote speakers, and topics will cover a wide range of adult and child specialisms.

Early bird rates for RCSLT members have been frozen at 2014 Conference prices.


Early Bird Fees (until 31 July) One day (£) Two days (£)

RCSLT member


(£125+ VAT)



(£166.67+ VAT)


Fees from 1 August 2017    
RCSLT member

(£166.67+ VAT)

Non member





Book online with Eventbrite

Delegate fees include refreshments, lunch and conference materials. Places are limited. Terms and conditions apply; please see “Show info” under each ticket type via the above Eventbrite link.  

Penny Harrison Memorial Grant

The RCSLT was generously left £5000 by the family of Penny Harrison, a speech and language therapist. Part of this fund has been allocated to subsidise the delegate fee for RCSLT student / newly qualified practitioner / assistant practitioner (associate) members attending the RCSLT Conference 2017. The grant offers a:

  • £50 discount off the early bird RCSLT member one-day rate: £100 inc VAT with grant
  • £75 discount off the early bird RCSLT member two-day rate: £155 inc VAT with grant

Find out more about the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund and how to apply for a grant

Visiting Glasgow

The RCSLT is working together with People Make Glasgow (the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau) to help you make the most of your visit to Glasgow.

Find out more about the vibrant city of Glasgow and exclusive offers available to RCSLT Conference delegates


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