Speech and language therapy services have undergone substantial changes in the last year. 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 would like to thank everyone who has continued to contribute data to the ROOT over the last 12 months. 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
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.