22 March 2023
As part of our five-year vision, the RCSLT has been considering our international work.
International priorities going forward include:
- Advocating for the rights of people with communication needs
- Partnership with low and middle income countries
We are committed to international engagement whether through the global professional body IALP (where we influence the WHO and take part in a range of scientific committees); the Mutual Recognition Agreement (which makes it easier for SLTs to work in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and the Republic of Ireland); the International Communication Project (working with the UN on the rights of people with communication need) and the Communication Therapy International CEN (which holds best practice on partnership with low- and middle-income countries).
As part of reviewing our work, the Board of Trustees took the difficult decision to no longer be paying members of the European Speech Language Association (ESLA). We will still take part in European work, including collaboration with ESLA – this is the approach taken by a number of other countries such as France. The budget released will be used for our international priorities.