RCSLT Online Outcome Tool
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is working to support its members to improve the systematic collection of outcomes data and to assist with demonstrating the impact of therapy for individuals with speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.
As part of a programme of work on outcomes, the RCSLT has developed and piloted an online tool to support the collection of Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMs) (Enderby and John, 2015; Enderby and John, 2019). TOMs was selected as the ‘best fit’ tool after a systematic evaluation of available measures.
The RCSLT Online Outcome Tool (ROOT) supports speech and language therapists (SLTs) with collecting and collating TOMs data and generating reports. The reports generated by the ROOT can be utilised by SLTs to inform clinical decision making and offer the potential to demonstrate the impact of SLT interventions for individual service users and cohorts of service users.
The aggregated reports can be used to assist with service evaluation and quality assurances purposes, and to inform those funding speech and language therapy services. To find out more about the value of the ROOT, listen to our webinar, in which one of our registered services talks about use of the data to support the care of patients and improve service delivery.
Following a successful pilot, the RCSLT is using a phased approach to rolling out the ROOT to the wider profession while continuing to develop the tool in response to feedback.
Health and care professionals who are using TOMs have enquired about access to the ROOT beyond speech and language therapy. The RCSLT has been gathering information about the demand for this and identifying the developments to the ROOT that would be required. We are currently scoping options to fund these developments.
For more information, please contact ROOT@rcslt.org
RCSLT members can read more about ROOT here.
Enderby P, John A. Therapy outcome measures for rehabilitation professionals, Third Edition. Guildford: J&R Press Ltd, 2015
Enderby P, John A. Therapy Outcome Measure User Guide. Croydon: J&R Press Ltd, 2019
- Getting ready to use the ROOT resources
- Register your speech and language therapy service to use the ROOT
- Overview of the ROOT – Presentation, February 2020
- Are you ROOT Ready? The value of the RCSLT Online Outcome Tool – Webinar, November 2018
- Measuring outcomes-ResNetSLT blog, January 2020
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