30 March 2023

The RCSLT has published a new Professional Development Framework as part of an ambitious UK wide programme to modernise and develop the SLT workforce.

The RCSLT Professional Development Framework is a UK wide resource that has been co-created by and for speech and language therapists. It is one of the key outcomes of the workforce reform programme, a wide-ranging programme of work to support a 21st century workforce, supported by funding from Health Education England.

The framework provides a structure by which existing skills and experience are recognised, and learning and professional development needs are identified, at all career levels, across all settings. It positions practitioner wellbeing as a business imperative, placing it front and centre alongside the other core components of equality and inclusion, co-production, impact, and sustainability.

Embedded in the framework are the key principles of continuing professional development and lifelong learning, keeping it relevant, appropriate for its users and beneficial for the profession and those impacted by it.

Dr. Stephanie Tempest, project lead for the framework’s development said: “Safe and effective practice requires us, as Allied Health Professionals, to continue to develop both professionally and personally. This framework offers a structure to support growth across practice, learning and education, research, and leadership and management.

“My hope is that this framework is used as a supportive, flexible resource to provide inspiration, offer validation and support reflection, with a view to enabling fulfilled careers and to ultimately benefit the people we serve.”

Find out more and download the framework.

You can also help share the framework and spread the word on social media using #RCSLTProfDev.