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It’s RCSLT honours time again

For the past 61 years, the RCSLT has given annual honours awards. To date there have been nearly 300 recipients.

Anyone who meets the entry criteria, from a newly-qualified therapist to an individual with many years of experience, can collect an honour.

There are three categories of award:

Honours Given in two categories: For distinguished service to the RCSLT, for

example as a member of Council, or for representing the RCSLT with other professional and allied organisations To acknowledge excellence in service to the

benefit of others, for example a member of a specific interest group, or as an outstanding clinician Honours recipients can include the initials Cert MRCSLT Hons after their names.

Fellowships Given to members for outstanding scholarship, in areas such as research and publishing; teaching; clinical expertise or management. Members can use the initials FRCSLT after their names.

Honorary Fellowships Given to non- and overseas SLTs who have contributed outstanding services to the profession can receive these awards. There are

three categories: For distinguished service to the RCSLT, for example assisting in policy or liaising with other professional organisations on behalf of College For distinguished service in promoting the profession, for example in the charitable sector or to the public For distinguished service in, for example, research, teaching or clinical practice

The 2005 honours winners

Award winners can use the initials Hon FRCSLT after their names.

An honours committee discusses the nominations and make recommendations to the RCSLT Council in early summer. The Council decides on the year’s recipients at its summer meeting.

Nominations for this year’s RCSLT Honours close on 30 June.To nominate someone for an award,you must be a certified RCSLT member. For an information pack. email:bridget.ramsay@rcslt.org or tel:0207 378 3001


Your chance to win the 2006 Sternberg award


The RCSLT is seeking entries for this year’s £1,000 Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation

RCSLT Bulletin readers can win Speechmark’s card game, Games for Talking: Let’s Draw, a fun game for groups of all ages to promote interaction and communication through drawing.

To win your free set, send your name and address, including your membership number, to: April Book Draw, Bulletin, 2 White Hart Yard, London SE1 1NX.

Entries close 10 April 2006. Only one entry per person.

RCSLT senior life vice president Sir Sigmund Sternberg established the award in 1996 because, as he says, he is “a great believer in awards”.

In 2005 there were two award winners: Anne Hurren, chief SLT at Sunderland Royal Hospital for her work, in collaboration with consultant medical physicist Bill Allen, and consultant ENT surgeon Peter Samuel, on the development of the Sunderland Air Pressure Meter. The innovative meter allows software to convert pressure readings into a simple measurement graph while a client is speaking. The device assists in prosthesis and valve selection, and in assessing the effects of interventions to reduce voice pressure.

Carol Stow and Sean Pert, specialist SLTs at the Baillie Street Health Centre in Rochdale, recognised the need for early identification of speech and language difficulties in children who

may not speak English until school entry. They developed assessment tools for the Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu languages and developed the skills of local bilingual speech and language therapy assistants. Working with the local Pakistani heritage community, they produced je zindegi (this life), an early sentences assessment, and the Bilingual Speech Sound Screen (BiSSS).

If you or your team have developed a project that you think should be considered for the 2005 Sternberg Award, email: bridget.ramsay@rcslt.org and send the following information by 27 June: name of nominee, and workplace address; why the nominee deserves the award (about 500 words) names and signatures of one proposer and two seconders (all must be RCSLT members)

bulletin April 2006


Geoff Wilson

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