Speech and language therapy services have undergone substantial changes in the last two and a half years. As a result of the considerable number of other demands on their time, it is likely that SLTs have faced additional challenges with collecting and utilising data.
However, given the increasing concerns about access to services and outcomes as a consequence of the disruption, data is, and will continue to be, critical to inform decision making, identify risks and monitor the impact of the pandemic. Data from the ROOT is already being used in this way. As exemplified in this article, reviewing the data in the ROOT can help to demonstrate the impact of change, both the positive and negative consequences.
We appreciate that we are still in challenging times, but would encourage services to continue to collect this really valuable data.
The RCSLT has developed this dataset to support the speech and language therapy profession with capturing data on the management of patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19. This data will help us to understand the impact on patients and those that care for them, be that in an acute, clinic or community setting. The COVID-19 Data Collection Tool has been developed to enable SLT services to submit their data to the national database and access reports on their data.
Speech and language therapy teams/services interested in using this dataset may do so by using one of the following two options:
COVID-19 speech and language therapy data collection resources
The following documents have been developed about this work:
A printable form has also been created, to enable the data to be collected on paper before being transferred onto the spreadsheet. Please click here to download the form. It is recognised that this is an extensive dataset, and it is not necessary for services to collect all of the suggested data fields. More information about this is available in the guidance document, above.