Role description for clinical advisers

The clinical adviser role is to advise:

  • SLTs on management of specific clinical cases, e.g. the range of approaches to consider for assessment/diagnosis/intervention; therapy resources; relevant literature and personal development in the area.
  • The RCSLT on research priorities in their field of expertise and clinical standards, guidelines and policies.
  • Other professionals.

They also respond to regional/national media enquiries including:

  • Writing articles for publication, as appropriate.
  • Talking to the media, as appropriate.

Advisers coordinate, in conjunction with the RCSLT (via liaison with oteher clinical advisers and CENs):

  • Responses to white papers and legal and government queries.
  • Submit reports and recommendations as appropriate and required.
  • Act as RCSLT representatives on advisory groups, guideline development groups etc, as appropriate and when required.
  • Help respond to NICE consultations (England only).

This role does not include:

  • Giving an opinion on specific cases.
  • The provision of supervision to therapists/professionals.

Advisers are required to:

  • Maintain their continuing professional development (including attending regular supervision/peer review, membership of relevant CEN and local HUB, professional log) and annual membership of the RCSLT and HCPC registration.
  • Act as a resource to other advisers; the RCSLT; and local/national CENs and Hubs.

Advisers have access to RCSLT resources and support structures, e.g. RCSLT officers and advisers as well as CEN and Hub networks.