Date and venue 

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Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business

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Conference themes

This year’s event will explore Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business and will showcase the latest in research and service delivery innovations.
This two-day event will feature oral and poster presentations, workshops, parallel and plenary sessions and keynote speakers with topics covering a wide range of adult and child specialisms. The popular `brag and steal’ presentations will be back, highlighting how research evidence is being applied in clinical practice.

Whether you work in research, are a clinical practitioner, or just starting out in your career as an SLT, the RCSLT Conference 2019 will include something for you!

Conference themes

  • New evidence for quality clinical practice
  • Approaches to improvement: Quality Improvement, Improvement Science and Implementation Science
  • Co-production of clinical services and research
  • Collaboration, integrated service delivery and the value-added of speech and language therapy
  • Leadership across the profession at all levels (clinical leadership, academic/clinical academic leadership, and management)
  • Extended scope and advanced clinical practice: Responding to developments in the healthcare landscape 

Conference programme and keynotes

We are delighted to announce the detailed programme for the RCSLT Conference 2019. For more information, please see:

Meet the RCSLT Conference speakers

Professor Annette Boaz, Professor in Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London
Panel session: 
  • Dr Joanne Fillingham,  Clinical Director Allied Health Professions (AHPs) NHS England and NHS Improvement  
  • Dr John Boulton, Interim Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, 1000 Lives 
  • Pauline Beirne, National Lead AHP CYP, Scottish Government
  • Hugh McCaughey, National Director of Improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Professor Marion Walker MBE, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation, Emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator, University of Nottingham
Mrunal Sisodia, Co-chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums
Sarah Thomas, National Representative, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

Book on to the RCSLT Conference 2019


Bookings are now open for the RCSLT Conference 2019 - Improving quality in speech and language therapy: Everyone’s business

Standard fees (From 1 August 2019)  One day (£)   Two days (£)
RCSLT member £210 (£175.00 +VAT) £298 (248.33 +VAT)
Non member £260 (£216.67 +VAT) £348 (£290.00 +VAT)



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 Eventbrite link.  

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Penny Harrison Memorial Fund

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 members attending the RCSLT Conference 2019.

Penny worked closely with the RCSLT over many years: had been involved on projects with assistants; carried out service reviews on behalf of the RCSLT and attended Council as Chair of TASLTM. 

RCSLT student/newly qualified practitioner/assistant practitioner members are invited to apply for a subsidy for their RCSLT Conference 2019 delegate fee, from the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund:

  • £50 discount off the RCSLT member one-day rate: £160 inc VAT 
  • £75 discount off the RCSLT member two-day rate: £223 inc VAT 

Please note that it is recommended that you apply early, as the number of subsidised places is strictly limited. The above rates correspond with the booking rates from 1 August 2019 

Applying for a subsidised place from the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund

1. Please send the following details to 

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • RCSLT membership category
  • RCSLT membership number
  • Date(s) you wish to attend the RCSLT Conference 2019 (25 September only, 26 September only, or both days)

2. If you are successful in your application, you will be sent a unique identification code and instruction on how to book your place via Eventbrite. Please note that this code can only be used once, by the authorised recipient.  

3. Please confirm your booking, with payment, within 2 weeks of receiving your code. Failure to do so will result in your subsidy grant being allocated to another applicant. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Penny Harrison subsidised places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis 
  • Payment for a Penny Harrison Memorial Fund subsidised place must be received within two weeks of receiving your booking code.
  • The subsidised rates of £160 inc VAT (one day rate) and £223 inc VAT (two day rate) apply from 1 August 2019.
  • Funds will only be awarded to applicants who are registered as an RCSLT assistant, NQP or student member at the time of booking and at the time of the RCSLT Conference 2019.
  • If your membership status or category changes and you will no longer satisfy the conditions of eligibility for the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund, you must notify the RCSLT in writing immediately.
  • If you do not return the Penny Harrison Memorial Fund booking form within the 2 week period, your subsidised place will be offered to another applicant. 
  • If you are unsuccessful in gaining a Penny Harrison Memorial Fund subsidy, you will be invited to attend at the standard member fee of £210 inc VAT (1 day) and £298 inc VAT (2 day).
  • The decision of the RCSLT is final.

Accommodation and Visit Nottinghamshire

The RCSLT is working together with Visit Nottinghamshire to help you make the most of your visit to Nottingham. 


Visit Nottinghamshire has secured accommodation at preferential rates for RCSLT Conference delegates at a range of local hotels. Information about how to access these rates can be found here.

Please note: availability is strictly limited. Book your accommodation early at your preferred hotel to avoid disappointment, as rates can be withdrawn at any time.

Book your accommodation early at your preferred hotel to avoid disappointment, as rates can be withdrawn at any time.

For more details about accommodation, travel and the local area, please download the Visit Nottinghamshire guide. 

Make a business case to attend

The conference will outline the latest policy, evidence and clinical advances in speech and language therapy on a range of different topics over the two days. Regardless of your clinical field or setting, it is not to be missed. 

We understand that in order to attend you may need to make a business case to your manager, therefore we have created a customisable template letter that you can present to your manager. 

Please contact us if you have any queries. 

We look forward to seeing you in September.