Welcome to the website for the North East Speech and Language Therapy Research Collaboration. Here you will find information about the Collaboration and our commitment to building research capacity in speech and language therapy in the North East of England.

We are particularly enthusiastic about getting SLTs involved in NIHR Portfolio research but we also look to support SLTs develop ideas that have arisen out of everyday clinical practice into research projects. The website also presents a showcase of some of the high-quality research projects that are being conducted in the North East.

Speech and Language Therapists as Researchers?

researchmodelSpeech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants are involved in research in some way during every working day. It may be using an assessment to evaluate an intervention that has been developed from research, or reading a paper for the Journal Club to give new insight on our practice, or collecting data for research each time we visit a client or planning our own research project. The model of research engagement recognises the role that each individual plays in contributing to a research culture and the support needed to maintain that level of activity.

We have Research Facilitators who can support you in moving through this model of research engagement and can support you in accessing the CPD activities suggested in the “Education needed” section of this model.

We hope that you are able to find the information that you need. If you require further information or support, or would like a chance to talk to the Research Facilitators please contact us.