Scotland Policy

Scotland Policy

Policy and campaigns: Scotland

Information about our work in Scotland.

  • See also the RCSLT Scotland Twitter handle @rcsltscot


Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Response to Scottish Governments Consultation on extending the age of referral to the Principal Reporter (October 2020)

This submission, compiled by SLT experts Dr. Ann Clark and Annemarie McRae on behalf of RCSLT in Scotland, sets out the evidence base underpinning RCSLT support for increasing the maximum age of referral to the Children’s Reporter to 18 in Scotland. It is also a great source for evidence relating SLCN among CYP involved in justice procedures.

Scotland’s AAC services: 2020 report

Between January and March 2020, the RCSLT worked with the SLT Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Leaders Network and members of the AAC Collaborative in Scotland on two parallel surveys looking at how Scotland’s AAC Law has impacted on AAC equipment and support provision.


Swallowing Awareness Day

To celebrate Swallowing Awareness Day, RCSLT, Care Inspectorate Scotland and Scottish Care announced publication of jointly endorsed new guidance on supporting people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in Scotland. Download the guidance here. The guidance highlights:

  • good practice
  • helps inspectors identify signs where a care service’s practice can be better and support them to improve
  • support care providers to better understand and implement good quality care.
For more information see Care Inspectorate on Twitter.


The Scottish Government / RCSLT Communication Summit

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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