8 March 2021

RCSLT is delighted to have launched the new 2021 practice-based learning guidance. The new guidance incorporates and supersedes the interim guidance published in September 2020 and should be used in conjunction with the telehealth placements guidance.

The guidance is intended for all speech and language therapists (SLTs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) and aims to establish the RCSLT’s position on practice placements from this point onwards. It is hoped that this guidance has longevity, and also reflects learning, innovation and developments that have emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some changes, such as the increased use of telehealth, have become regular modes of speech and language service delivery and therefore will be sustained elements of practice placements going forwards. These changes have been incorporated into the guidance.

The guidance outlines the key requirements and key recommendations for practice-based learning from this point onwards.

To coincide with the launch of this guidance, RCSLT has launched a campaign that aims to address the shortage of placements for speech and language therapy students.

The campaign will promote the practice-based learning guidance to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of placements and the variety of ways SLTs can provide sessions to students.

The campaign will feature social media activity, placement case studies, a webinar and a podcast.

Visit our placements campaign page to learn more, including how to get involved with the campaign.

If you have any questions about the guidance or the campaign, please email lucy.adamson@rcslt.org

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