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:

Caroline Walters – 029 2002 5585

Naila Noori – 029 2002 5583

Email us:

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

Priorities for our office

Our priorities for 2024-25 are:

  • Preparing for the Senedd elections in 2026
  • Workforce including widening access to the profession
  • Additional learning needs
  • Care Closer to Home
  • Youth justice and preventative agenda
  • Communication Access UK (CAUK) – Welsh version
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Opportunities to engage

Are you interesting in influencing the Welsh Government all-age strategy on mental health and wellbeing? We are really keen to hear member views to inform our response.  Please take a look at the consultation document and return the proforma we have prepared by Monday 20 May to, if you would like to present your thoughts in writing.

Alternatively, we have also arranged two focus groups on MS Teams if members would prefer to discuss informally.

Wednesday 1 May 2024-1.30-3.00pm

Monday 13 May 2024 – 3.30-5.00pm

Please e-mail  if you would like to take part in the focus group sessions.

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

Responses and briefings

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Children and young people

Child poverty
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
Early years
Looked after children
Additional Learning Needs reform (ALN)
Neurodevelopmental services
Social emotional mental health
School of attendance


Mental health

General health and social care policy

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

RCSLT Wales factsheets

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:


Past events

South Wales hub day 

RCSLT Wales held a South Wales member event on Wednesday 8 March 2023.

The theme for the day was building relationships and partnerships.

You can access presentations that took place here:

North Wales hub day

RCSLT Wales hosted a North Wales member event on Wednesday 28 June 2023.

The themes of leadership, building relationships and partnerships were explored, and it was a great opportunity for members to network and share thoughts and experiences.

Download the presentation (PDF).

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