Scotland policy

Scotland policy

Policy and campaigns: Scotland

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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, alongside members of the AAC Collaborative in Scotland, on two parallel surveys to examine how Scotland’s AAC Law has impacted 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 (PDF) to learn more about:

  • Good practice
  • Signs to help inspectors identify where care services can improve and support them to do this
  • Supporting care providers to better understand and implement good quality care.

For further information, see Care Inspectorate on Twitter @CareInspect.

The Scottish Government / RCSLT Communication Summit

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



Consultation responses



Scotland Office

Contact us

Telephone: 0131 226 5250

Address:  9-10 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AF

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 what people should expect in the longer term after leaving hospital.

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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