Meet our presenters for the ASLTIP conference

Date: 14th July 2014

Posted on: 14-07-2014

The last two weeks’ blogs have focussed on Katy James and Dr Catherine Adams, two of our excellent speakers lined up for ASLTIP’s 2013 conference in March. We now put the spotlight on some of our presenters who will be on the panel looking at commissioning and the workshop looking at legal issues of employment; both essential topics for independent therapists in 2013, as the landscape of service provision shifts both in response to the NHS commissioning changes.


A workshop looking at legal issues related to employment will be facilitated by David Tyme and ASLTIP member Janet Farrugia. This workshop will look at employment and contracting issues from the perspective of the employer, the employee and self-employed.


David Tyme has been a practicing solicitor for more than twenty years. David has advised and represented clients in relation to complaints before the Employment Tribunal on grounds of, for example: Unfair dismissal, Discrimination, Harassment, Redundancy and breach of contract. He has been instructed to provide advice and assistance to Human Resources Departments concerning the implications of TUPE arising from a successful tender to provide services, and also to provide advice on issues arising from business reorganisation. David also advises on the terms of contracts of employment and workplace policies. He advises and represents clients in relation to professional misconduct proceedings before the Health Care and Professions Council, General Social Care Council and other regulatory bodies. He has been a regular contributor to the New Law Journal publication on a range of topics including religious and sexual orientation discrimination and territorial jurisdiction. In addition, David as a member of the Employment Law Association has been a working party member and has assisted in the compilation of submissions in response to proposed employment law reform.



Janet Farrugia is one of founder members who 21 years ago helped set up ASLTIP. She was also one of the first to set up a large practice with premises and staff. She has recently downsized and has a wealth of experience in business areas. When Bercow was reviewing the future of the Nuffield Centre in London Janet was one who spoke up and was quoted in his report.



The panel workshop running on the day of the conference aims to consider the broader effects of the new ‘commissioning’ environment and its potential effect across all providers, from the most part-time self employed SLT to the bigger practices competing on delivery with statutory services. The link between the GP commissioning role and recent proposed changes to SEN legislation with sourcing of local providers for individual children means that we all need to be aware of the frameworks within which or alongside which we will operate. The key message from RCSLT conference 2012 was ‘impact & outputs’ not what you can offer.


The session will be chaired by Derek Munn from RCSLT who is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs. He will answer questions about RCSLT’s role in this arena. Derek joined the RCSLT in November 2010 with a remit covering policy, public affairs and the College’s work in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. His last role was as Director of Public Affairs for equality charity Stonewall. With an academic background in linguistics, Derek has mainly worked in politics: as Special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland (where he held the health brief), as Head of the Labour Party office in the Scottish Parliament and in charge of research & policy for the Scottish Labour Party. Prior to this he handled research and training for a national homelessness charity and was National Union of Students Scotland president. Derek has travelled the country as part of the RCSLT roadshow on commissioning and the profession’s future. He is very much aware of the diversity of SLT provision and the place of ASLTIP members as a growing part of the SLT picture.


Also on the panel is Marie Gascoigne. Marie runs an independent consultancy and has gained a national reputation as a champion for children with speech, language and communication needs and an expert on national policy in this area. Marie’s clinical background is as a Speech and Language Therapist with an MSc and an MBA. The scope of Marie’s work over the last three years has included advice at national and local level. Marie was an expert advisor for the Bercow Review and is one of the authors of the recently published Commissioning Tools for SLCN published by Commissioning Support Programme. Over the past three years Marie has supported over 20 Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts from both a commissioning and service delivery perspective.


Marie has been part of the RCSLT working party to respond to the proposed SEN legislation: Support and Aspiration for children and young people with SLCN to a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Learning Disabilities and Speech, Language and Communication Needs.


The conference aims to provide the latest in information on the issues impacting on independent therapists today. For more information http://www.helpwithtalking.com/resources/events/41


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