Speech and language therapist-led endoscopic procedures in the COVID-19 pandemic

This document has been developed by RCSLT in response to the current coronavirus pandemic and the growing requests from speech and language therapists (SLTs) for a review of the use of SLT-led endoscopic procedures. It therefore temporarily replaces the RCSLT Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) Position Paper and the RCSLT Speech and language therapy Endoscopic Evaluation of the Larynx (EEL) for clinical voice disorders position paper.

We are grateful to the BLA for their support and endorsement of this guidance.

This is a working document that will be reviewed and revised as further evidence and information becomes available and as the COVID-19 situation develops. The RCSLT expert advisory group responsible for this document will: 

● Seek feedback from members to inform a review via this survey (deadline 31 May 2020

● Undertake an initial review and update of this document within 4 weeks of the date of publication 

Dr Justin Roe, 

Consultant and Joint Head - Department of Speech, Voice and Swallowing - The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust