Policy and campaigns in Northern Ireland

Information about our work in Northern Ireland

  • See also the RCSLT Policy Twitter handle @rcsltpolicy.

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 and support the work of the speech and language therapy profession.

Our ‘high five’ manifesto asks were developed in consultation with members.

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 awareness among children 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

For further information on the Northern Ireland Voice Box in March 2017, please contact us.

My Journey My Voice

My Journey My Voice is a powerful photographs and stories exhibition designed to raise awareness about communication disability. It features the photographic portraits and audio recordings of individuals, who happen to have a communication disability, 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 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.

NI CEN Sure Start; The role and impact of SLT provision in Sure Start in Northern Ireland


Children's Services Share and Learn event 2019



Improvements in stroke care


Results of 2018 NI RCSLT Survey of communication needs after stroke

Proposed changes for N.I.

Northern Ireland

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 The independent voice for people using health and social care services.

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

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

‘Up to standard’ Guide to the Quality Standards for Health and Personal Social Services.

Who should I influence in N.I.?

External stakeholders in Northern Ireland you can seek to influence include:


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

Nation specific resources


Contact us

Telephone: 02890 446385

Postal address: Arthur House, 41 Arthur Street, Belfast BT1 4GB.