Wales policy

Wales policy

Wales policy and public affairs team

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Empowered by members’ expertise, the RCSLT Wales Policy and Public Affairs team seeks to secure you a seat at the top table, influencing Welsh government ministers, Members of the Senedd and civil servants.

We build relationships with Members of the Senedd, Welsh Government and key organisations to change legislation and policy.

We campaign for better lives for people with communication and swallowing needs, including working with service users and service user organisations.

We support you to influence locally, providing you with both strategic advice and practical resources.

  • Pippa Cotterill – Head of Wales office (days of work – Monday)
  • Caroline Walters – External Affairs Manager (days of work – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • Naila Noori – External Affairs Officer, (days of work – Monday to Thursday)

Contact us

3rd Floor, Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SB

Telephone us: 029 2039 7729

Email us: wales@rcslt.org.uk

Follow @RCSLTWales and @RCSLTpolicy on Twitter for latest news and updates.

Priorities for our office

Our priorities for 2022-23 are:

  • Mental health
  • Early years
  • Primary care
  • Neurodevelopmental services
  • Communication Access UK (CAUK)
  • Youth justice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Opportunities to engage

Our responses are formed by engaging with our members to gain invaluable feedback. We’ll share any opportunities to engage here and on social media.

Find other ways to engage with the wider RCSLT on the get involved page.

Scrutiny of Digital Health and Care Wales

Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) was established as a new Special Health Authority in April 2021, replacing the National Wales Informatics Service. Its roles in transforming health and social care delivery in Wales include: delivering new digital solutions, supporting frontline staff with modern systems, and improving approaches to using, sharing and storing data.

The Health and Social Care Committee and the Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee have agreed to hold a joint scrutiny session with DHCW. They have asked stakeholders to provide feedback on a number of areas. We would be extremely grateful if you could provide comments by Monday 12 September.

Any queries, email caroline.walters@rcslt.org.

Questions for the Minister for Health and Social Services

On 15 September 2022, the Health and Social Care Committee will be holding a general scrutiny session with the Minister for Health and Social Services.

The committee will discussing issues across health and social care with the minister, and would like the public to share your ideas for questions. Find out more.

Welsh Government consultation on the National Framework for Social Prescribing

The purpose of the consultation is to seek people’s views to plan a future framework for access to non-clinical, community-based support, which can include a range of activities, each playing a role in an early preventative approach by enhancing people’s well-being. Please see below a proforma we have developed which includes the key questions included within the consultation. We would be extremely grateful if you could consider sharing your views to inform our RCSLT response by Monday 3 October to wales@rcslt.org.

Responses and briefings

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Children and young people

Early years
Looked after children
Additional Learning Needs reform (ALN)
Neurodevelopmental services
Social emotional mental health
Justice

Adults

Dementia
Mental health

General health and social care policy

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Communication Access UK (CAUK)

Communication Access UK is an initiative developed in partnership by charities and organisations that share a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties. Led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, together, we’ve developed the Communication Access Symbol, a new disability access symbol underpinned by a completely free training package and standards. We hope that these will help individuals and businesses or organisations to better support people with communication difficulties.

CAUK is a priority for our office. Our focus currently is the Welsh language version of the initiative.

Who should I try to influence in Wales?

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External stakeholders in Wales you can seek to influence include:

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