Who we are

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists (SLTs), SLT students and support workers working in the UK.  We have around 16,000 members, around 400 in Northern Ireland, including 87% of the SLTs practising in the UK.  We promote excellence in practice and influence health, education, employment, social care and justice policies.

What is speech and language therapy? 

Speech and language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. 

Five good communication standards

RCSLT recommends five good practice standards around speech, language and communication which we believe represent reasonable adjustments to communication that individuals with learning disability and/or autism should expect in specialist hospital and residential settings.


International Communication Project

RCSLT is also a founding partner of the International Communication Project which brings together partners from across the world who are committed to ensuring that people who have communication disorders receive appropriate support and campaign globally for adequate attention and action around communication disability.


Giving Voice Campaign

RCSLT's Giving Voice campaign aims to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs – to ensure their needs, and those of their carers and families, are met. We equip our members to demonstrate locally how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and society, whilst RCSLT officers work to engage decision makers and the media at a national level.