Northern Ireland policy

Northern Ireland policy

Our work in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland Assembly elections 2022

Following the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly elections, the RCSLT NI team will be working with all politicians elected to improve the lives of people in NI with communication and swallowing needs.

Find out what we’re asking for.

RCSLT NI Manifesto

‘Communication at the heart of health and wellbeing’

RCSLT NI are calling on politicians to work with us to improve outcomes for people in Northern Ireland with communication and swallowing difficulties while, also, supporting the work of the speech and language therapy profession.

View our 2022 manifesto:

For additional information please contact RCSLT NI on 028 9044 6387 or contact us.

Voice Box Northern Ireland

Voice Box is Northern Ireland’s national joke competition designed to raise children’s awareness of the fun and importance of communication.

Voice Box 2017 was the most successful Voice Box Awards so far with more than 3,000 school pupils taking part. The live grand final was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast on 5 June 2017. All entries from the 2016 and 2017 are included in the Voice Box joke book (PDF).

My Journey My Voice

My Journey My Voice is a powerful exhibition designed to raise awareness about communication disability. It features photographic portraits and audio recordings of individuals who have communication disabilities, as they tell listeners about a favourite journey, in their own words.

Consultation responses



Campaigns and projects

Giving Voice aims to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs, to ensure that their needs and those of their carers and families, are met. We equip our members to demonstrate locally how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and society, whilst RCSLT officers work to engage decision makers and the media at a national level.


Mental health

Buddy Chat – coming 2024

Proposed changes for NI

Care Standards allows for the regulation of a range of health and social care services, and for the development of minimum standards for these services.

Education Training Inspectorate promotes the dissemination of good and innovative practice identified across the education, training and youth sectors.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence provides guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care.

Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman provides for an independent review of people’s complaints, and ensures that public services improve as a result of the complaints.

Patient and Client Council is the independent voice for people using health and social care services.

Quality 2020 – A 10 Year strategy designed to protect and improve quality in health and social care in Northern Ireland.

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services.

‘Up to standard’ (PDF) – A guide to the Quality Standards for Health and Personal Social Services.


Resources to support you in responding to any proposed changes to your service’s structures and priorities.

Nation specific resources

Past events

Northern Ireland hub conference 2018

SLTs from across Northern Ireland came together for an exciting day of CPD and networking on 17 November 2018. The day featured presenters from across the UK and Ireland about how speech and language therapy transforms lives and the evidence base for the vital work SLTs do.

Event presentations:

Northern Ireland hub forum 2021


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  • Telephone: 02890 446385
  • Postal address: Suite 506, Scottish Provident Building, 7 Donegall Square West, Belfast BT1 6JH


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