Policy and campaigns: Scotland

Information about our work in Scotland.

  • See also the RCSLT Policy Twitter handle @rcsltpolicy.


How to grow national assets by breaking the intergenerational cycle of speech, language and communication needs. The Scottish Government / RCSLT Communication Summit was held on 26th October 2016 in Edinburgh.


Consultation responses


Health Literacy Action Plan Response (2017)

Joint publications with AHPs and other professional bodies Communication Summit (1) Report (2017)

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The future of primary care - a view from the professions (2017)

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Digital Strategy -0 a view from the professions (2017)

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AHPFS workforce consultation response.docx


Scotland Office

Telephone - 0131 226 5250.
Address - 9-10 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF.

Contact us

Improvements in stroke care - Scotland

The Stroke Charter was produced by the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Heart Disease and Stroke. It describes what all local services should aim to provide.

It was written by people who have had a stroke, MSPs and people providing services including SLTs, phyisiotherapists, OTs, nurses and representatives from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and the Stroke Association in Scotland. It remains a useful tool for explaining to people what they should expect in the longer term after leaving hospital.

This Charter is also available in an Aphasia friendly (easy access) version and in word and PDF and other alternative formats to download at

Scottish Parliament elections 2016

The RCSLT supported members to take part in the campaign and to raise the issues that matter most for those needing speech, language and communication support.

We had 3 main areas of focus:


A husting is a public meeting where candidates are invited to speak. It’s a great opportunity to engage with politicians and the public. Our campaign briefings suggested questions that could be asked of candidates as well as facts and figures to support the case for more speech and language therapy. Hustings happen all over Scotland and some national meetings were organised to focus on health, education and social care. 

Local and national media

Campaigners raised issues throughout the election campaign by writing to local papers, phoning into debates on radio and taking part in online events. Our campaign briefings were available to be used to help write a letter about local issues such as service cuts.

Youth offenders and criminal justice - Scotland

For material relating to the UK as a whole please click here.

See also our briefing on speech, language and communication needs in the criminal justice system and our consultation responses on making justice work for victims and witnesses, female offenders in the criminal justice system and the use of intermediaries for vulnerable witnesses.

Who should I influence in Scotland?

External stakeholders in Scotland you can seek to influence include:

Changes for Scotland

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

Nation specific resources


Care Inspectorate (Scotland)

The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure that they meet the right standards.

Heath Care Improvement Scotland

Provides clinical standards, guidelines and advice based upon the best available evidence.

Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016

Imposes a Duty of Candour on all health service staff to report incidents that could bring harm or have brought harm to individuals.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)  

SIGN develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland.

Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) 

SPSP is a unique national initiative that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered.