Information for commissioners
The RCSLT has worked with its members and external partners to produce a wealth of information for commissioners of speech and language therapy services and those seeking to have their services commissioned. This is a growing area of work so please check these pages and links as they develop:
Cost benefit analysis models
Following on from the Matrix Report in 2010, the RCSLT has developed new cost benefit analyses for speech and language interventions. As part of that work, the RTK Ltd and Concentra have been updating earlier models of the costs and benefits of SLT for four cohorts and conditions.
The Resource Manual is a major piece of work which forms part of a range of RCSLT tools that can support leaders with the planning commissioning and delivery of services in line with government and local priorities.
Find out about health profiles in England
Visit The network of Public Health Observatories website section on health profiles to identify problems in your area.
Schools are increasingly becoming commissioners of speech and language therapy services. This new document highlights the quality standards that are priorities for schools to adhere to in the commissioning process.
These examples were previously published in the RCSLT Bulletin magazine over the past four years. Broken down by year, specialty (child, adult and adult learning disability) and various conditions, they show a range of cost-effective and evidence-based services.
The RCSLT commissioned Matrix Evidence to undertake an economic evaluation of providing speech and language therapy to three specific groups – children with SLI, children with autism and stroke survivors – in order to pinpoint the benefits generated by speech and language therapy for these cohorts in relation to the costs of provision.
RCSLT members are able to use the economic models developed by Matrix Evidence to calculate how much money their local service saves the tax payer each year.
This publication will help commissioners map the needs of their local populations and the skills in their children’s workforce, involve service users in the commissioning process and determine the outcomes they want to see from their investment. We hope, too, that it will provide models of high-quality, cost-effective services for commissioners and providers alike.
The final report of the Communication Champion for children, Jean Gross CBE