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Message from the RCSLT Chief Executive Membership categories RCSLT campaigning Your RCSLT products and services RCSLT insurance cover Claiming tax relief on your membership fee Continuing Professional Development Summary of RCSLT benefits RCSLT contacts

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We know times are currently tough for many SLTs and support workers, so we are making a special appeal to you to retain your RCSLT membership this year. The RCSLT raises the majority of its income from members’ subscriptions and without your financial support we are unable to invest in the research and guidance that will support current and future generations of members. We rely on your support for our campaigns for better speech and language therapy services. Now more than ever, when budgets for speech and language therapy are under threat, it is crucial we work together to highlight the value of our work.

Although the RCSLT is not a union, it is the voice of the profession at government level

Although the RCSLT is not a union, it is the voice of the profession at government level. As such, we continue to lobby for improved services for people with speech, language and communication needs and swallowing difficulties. 2011 is our year of ‘Giving Voice’, when we are making special efforts to raise awareness of the value and importance of speech and language therapy. The RCSLT will continue to campaign for investment and improvements in speech and language therapy services for people who need support with communicating or swallowing.

Kamini Gadhok, MBE

We understand many members wish to demonstrate the importance of speech and language therapy at local and regional levels, and we continue to work to help you do this as effectively as possible. We have appointed a local campaigns coordinator who is already helping services to engage with local decision makers and funders, to help secure investment in speech and language therapy services.

Kamini Gadhok, MBE RCSLT Chief Executive

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MEMBERSHIP

The RCSLT’s Giving Voice campaign is shining a spotlight on our profession

categories

Ele Ramsey, RCSLT National Coordinator for Local Campaigns

Practising*

Full membership allows you to use the letters ‘CertMRCSLT’ after your name. Employers recognise the worth of RCSLT membership; many will not shortlist job candidates unless they are RCSLT members.

Newly-qualified practitioner* The framework for newly-qualified practitioners will support your learning and development in your first year of practice and provide evidence of your readiness to transfer to full RCSLT membership.

Non-practising member* Membership at a lower price.

Associate*

Retired member*

Assistant practitioners can network with colleagues through the national specific interest group and the RCSLT’s national study days. You can also access the RCSLT’s online continuing professional development diary.

Provides retired SLTs with the opportunity to keep up to date.

Members working in voluntary roles* Discounts are available for those working for a charity or involved in full-time voluntary practice as an SLT.

Student* Students receive invaluable access to RCSLT educational resources, including the Bulletin, the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Communicating Quality 3 and member-only content of the RCSLT website.

International Allows practitioners working outside the UK to access RCSLT-member resources.

The retired SLTs’ network It’s good to feel part of an organisation that’s driving the profession forward

Returner* The RCSLT can ease your transition back into your career as an SLT. YOUR GUIDE TO RCSLT MEMBER BENEFITS AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tamsin Crothers, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

The RCSLT supports a free-to-join ‘Retired SLT network’. Network members are not formally members of the RCSLT, but it is a great way to keep in touch with friends and colleagues from the profession. To join the network please email bridget.ramsay@rcslt.org or tel: 020 7378 3001 to find out more. Non-members can also subscribe to the Bulletin as individuals or institutions *Denotes categories available for UK and overseas members

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We planted the seeds of the Giving Voice campaign in November 2010. Launch events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland brought together politicians, celebrities and service users to declare that speech and language therapy transforms lives. Since then, the Giving Voice campaign has taken root across the UK. Activity so far has come in many shapes and sizes. We have provided opportunities for SLTs trained in influencing to meet commissioners and make their cases. We have also screened the ‘The King’s Speech’ film as a way of opening up discussion about the impact of the profession’s activities.

The RCSLT Policy and Public Affairs Team works hard to raise the profile of speech and language therapy across the four UK countries

RCSLT campaigning

Giving Voice The RCSLT’s Giving Voice campaign is shining a spotlight on our profession at a time when visibility and an appetite for positive, proactive engagement will be the key to success. As well as an invaluable opportunity to raise the profile of speech and language therapy it also offers great continuing professional development opportunities. Each RCSLT member has the opportunity to contribute to the Giving Voice campaign – please help us ensure every service is aware of the support available.

Hearing about the campaign has really ignited a spark here – the new energy coming from College is contagious Sunita Shah, Clinical Lead SLT, NHS Brent Community Services

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As the campaign grows, training is taking place across the UK and RCSLT members are learning how to market services, organise events and engage decision makers. As Giving Voice ‘champions’ come forward, campaigner training – open to members at any band who are willing to champion Giving Voice within their service – is up and running. The lively and informative campaign web pages (visit: www.givingvoiceuk.org) reflect the enthusiasm and creativity fuelling Giving Voice. Have you added your video message to the gallery? Are you encouraging colleagues to design their own speech bubbles? Whether you are artistic or strategic don’t miss out on adding your voice in the ultimate opportunity to promote the incredible work you do. Ele Ramsey, RCSLT National Coordinator for Local Campaigns. Email: ele.ramsey@rcslt.org

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Your RCSLT products and services RCSLT membership represents great value and provides essential support and high-quality products to help you in your speech and language therapy practice Professional indemnity insurance

questions and ideas relating to a range of clinical and professional topics, share documents and even stream audio-visual content for colleagues to view and review.

For certified, student and associate members – essential protection against the impact of work-related litigation. See page 12 for details.

Bulletin magazine With its mix of news, features, letter, reviews and event listings, the monthly Bulletin magazine provides a rich source of CPD opportunities, including the latest clinical and professional news. We welcome your contributions – an excellent way to take your first steps into the world of writing for publication.

RCSLT online The new and improved RCSLT website is packed with news, links and information to support you in your career. As an RCSLT member you can access the member-only areas of the website. Using the site you can tell us more about who you are through the ‘my details’ section. Use our new online poll and survey features to tell us what you think. The website includes memberonly discussion groups, where you can discuss

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Job vacancies Working in the independent sector can be lonely sometimes. The Bulletin gives me an overview of the ‘bigger picture’, the opportunities for training and current trends in the profession Susan Hamrouge

The RCSLT jobs site provides members with access to recruitment opportunities. Why not sign up for your own email job alert? Visit: www.speech-language-therapy-jobs.org

Event listings The Bulletin features short and longer courses, conferences and specific interest group meetings to help you plan your continuing professional development. RCSLT membership provides discount access to many RCSLT events.

International Journal The RCSLT produces the bi-monthly International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, the widely-respected journal publishes peer-reviewed papers on the latest speech and language research. RCSLT members receive free copies and can access the entire 09 back catalogue online.


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Clinical Guidelines Our guidelines will assist you in your clinical decision-making processes by providing information on what is considered to be the minimum best practice.

Communicating Quality 3 All new members receive a free copy of the professional standards for SLTs.

Q-SET The RCSLT’s online Quality Self-Evaluation Tool enables teams and sole practitioners to evaluate the quality of the services they provide.

Specific interest groups

Online CPD diary

The RCSLT supports more than 130 national and local SIGs, covering a huge range of clinical specialisms from aural rehabilitation to voice.

This invaluable resource will help you prepare and organise evidence of your CPD activity. More than 10,000 RCSLT members now regularly update their CPD via the diary. In 2009 the Health Professions Council praised the high standard of CPD submissions from RCSLT members using the online diary.

Grants and awards The RCSLT funds grants and awards to support CPD and research activities. In 2011-2012 we will be supporting members’ CPD by providing in excess of £70,000 worth of free or subsidised training and support. Don’t miss out.

RCSLT guidance We produce regular guidance for members in the form of policy statements and position papers on many aspects of clinical practice or wider issues. These important statements of practice are available to members online.

Commissioning Resource Manual This online resource has a synthesis of the evidence base and management of SLT clinical areas. Use this as a starting point to bring your knowledge up to date and as the basis for dialogue with commissioners of speech and language therapy services. YOUR GUIDE TO RCSLT MEMBER BENEFITS AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Member enquiry services

Q-SET is an invaluable tool. It enables a comprehensive mapping of your service, and highlights strengths and gaps in provision Bryony Simpson, Head of Service, NHS North Lincolnshire

The RCSLT provides information and offers referral of complex enquiries to more than 100 expert speech and language therapy advisers.

Low-priced meeting rooms These are available at the RCSLT headquarters.

Help in hardship The RCSLT operates a benevolent fund offering small grants to members who are in hardship or financial difficulty. And remember, your membership supports your profession… Through your membership and involvement you contribute to and benefit from the development of the speech and language therapy profession in the UK. Your membership fees not only contribute to the development of the latest professional and clinical guidelines, but also help pay for activities that strengthen speech and language therapy through engagement with the RCSLT’s 11 key stakeholders.


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r e v o c e c n a r u s n i T L S

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It is essential that you have adequate insurance cover in case you find yourself facing legal actions

Don’t miss out on cover If you have been involved in a professional incident or complaint that will or might result in a referral or investigation by HPC, you must let us know right away or risk losing the cover to which you would otherwise have been entitled. If in doubt, please ask by emailing: Celia.Griffiths@ bluefingroup.co.uk

The cover For professional liability (medical malpractice) and public liability, RCSLT insurance provides up to £2,000,000 for any one claim, including costs and expenses; increasing to £5,000,000 in the case of members in private practice. In the event of a successful claim being made against a member, the member would meet an excess of £250. The policy covers student, newly-qualified and returner RCSLT members. It also covers associate members if and where their scope of practise is agreed and supervised by an HPC-registered SLT, for claims brought against them for actions carried out since 1 January 2007. Members are also indemnified when students and/or others under their supervision are legally liable. Supervisors must document their helper’s duties, ensure they are trained (and that the training has been recorded) and make sure the helper’s scope of practise does not exceed that of their job description.

The RCSLT provides an insurance policy that indemnifies all practising, paid-up RCSLT members in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland There are many legal issues you should be aware of in the course of your work and it is essential that you have adequate insurance cover in case you find yourself facing legal action. The insurance covers legal liability arising from alleged professional negligence, breach of professional conduct and damage to third party property. The policy includes protection with regards to defence expenses in relation to legal proceedings or Health Professions Council (HPC) disciplinary hearings. In such cases, members should act with the prior consent of the insurers.

When members stop practising to take maternity leave, sick leave or a career break, cover continues for past work. Retired members are also covered for past work, as long as they were members at the time.

RCSLT insurance provides up to £2,000,000 for any one claim increasing to £5,000,000 in the case of members in private practice

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For more information, call the RCSLT information team, tel: 020 7378 1200

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CLAIMING TAX RELIEF

on your membership fee Did you know that, if you are in paid employment, you can claim tax relief on your membership fee via tax return or by application to your tax office? Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has a list (known as List 3) of organisations where such relief can be claimed. The RCSLT is on this alphabetical list, under ‘speech’. You can find List 3 at: www.hmrc.gov.uk/list3

If you receive a tax return, you can claim tax relief by detailing the amount paid and to whom

There are three different ways of claiming tax relief for your membership fee: ■ If you receive a tax return, you can claim tax relief by detailing

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the amount paid and to whom. Relief will be granted for the tax year in which the payment was made. ■ You can write to your own tax office. It is important that you include

your National Insurance number, the amount, name of payee and date of payment. ■ You can obtain a Form P358 from your local tax enquiry office and

complete it as above (remembering the NI Number is important). You should then send it to your tax office and relief should be given. If you have not been claiming tax relief, you can ask HMRC to backdate your claim for relief, again by letter to your tax office. Please note that this tax relief is not likely to be available to retired members and other members whose membership fees cannot be considered professional expenses. YOUR GUIDE TO RCSLT MEMBER BENEFITS AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The RCSLT has really helped me reflect on and record my CPD by developing the online CPD diary. Other professional colleagues have been very envious of it Suzanne Harrigan, The Ear Foundation

All practising part- and full-time SLTs must record their continuing professional development (CPD) in keeping with revised RCSLT and HPC standards announced in April 2006 The Health Professions Council (HPC) defines CPD as, “A range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.” In addition to being linked to your HPC registration and RCSLT membership, CPD is an essential part of your professional development. You may feel as though recording your CPD

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is not as valuable as doing it in the first place. However, without the evidence of the value of the CPD you undertook, how can you show it was worthwhile to your service? If you do not have an up-to-date CPD record how can you show you have developed professionally? You undertake many CPD activities every day. Reading your Bulletin and journals; conversations with your colleagues etc – all can count as CPD as long as you can explain how they enhance your practice. The HPC has provided suggestions for CPD activities (table one).

Table one: HPC suggestions for CPD activities HPC categories

Examples

Work-based

Learning by doing, case studies, reflective practice, clinical audit, coaching from others, discussion with colleagues, peer review, learning from experience, shadowing, secondments, journal club, in-service training, supervision of staff/students, role expansion, critical incident analysis, project work/management

Formal

Courses, further education, undertaking research, attending conferences, submission of articles/paper, seminars, distance learning, planning or running a course

Self directed

Reading journals/articles, review of books/articles, updating knowledge via www/TV/press, progress files

Professional activity

Involvement in a professional body, member of specialist interest group, lecturing/teaching, mentoring, examining, tutoring, branch meetings, organising journal clubs or other specialist groups, maintaining and/or developing specialist skills, expert witness, presentation at conferences, organiser of accredited courses, research supervision

Other (voluntary)

Public service, voluntary work, courses

As a registered allied health professional, you have always been responsible for making sure you meet the HPC’s standards of conduct, performance and ethics. You are now also responsible for making sure you meet the HPC’s CPD standards.

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HPC audit A CPD ‘hour’ is the time spent engaged with a learning activity. If you cannot reflect on how the activity has contributed to the quality of what you do then it does not count as CPD

The HPC undertakes an audit of SLTs’ CPD at each renewals period, The next audit takes place in July 2011. If the HPC selects you for audit it will ask you to complete a profile summarising your CPD activities for the previous year. You can use the information recorded in your online CPD diary to put in your profile by pasting the details from your CPD diary into the HPC pro forma. There are examples of CPD profiles in the CPD toolkit (chapter 8) available from the RCSLT website (visit: www.rcslt.org/members/cpd/toolkit_download) and on the HPC website (www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/cpd/dates).

RCSLT support The RCSLT has created the online CPD diary system, the CPD Framework and CPD toolkit – information pack to help you to meet the HPC standards. These and other online resources will not only help you stay on top of HPC requirements, but will also allow you to easily link your CPD to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). In addition to the HPC standards, the RCSLT has set a minimum number of CPD hours full-time SLTs need to achieve each year. This is pro-rata for part-time SLTs and has been set at 30 hours – equal to approximately 2.5 hours a month.

What is a CPD hour? A CPD ‘hour’ is the time spent engaged with a learning activity. If you cannot reflect on how the activity has contributed to the quality of what you do then it does not count as CPD. For example, if you read a book but only chapters 1 and 2 were useful, then only your time spent reading those chapters is CPD. You will know if something is CPD if you can answer ‘yes’ to the following three questions: ■ Has this activity had a positive impact on the quality of what I do? ■ Have there been benefits to my service users? ■ Will this be of benefit in the future to my practice or service users?

When you record your CPD ask yourself ‘how?’ to the above questions and write the answer down.

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Table two: RCSLT versus HPC requirements RCSLT requirements

HPC requirements

You should use the RCSLT online CPD diary*

You must keep a record of your CPD

Record a minimum of 30 hours of CPD per year

You must make sure your CPD is a mixture of different kinds of activities

Ensure you record your CPD ‘reflectively’: you need to specify how the CPD activity will improve your work or be of benefit to service users. See ‘Chapter 3 Reflective writing’ in the CPD toolkit

* Unless health restrictions prevent you from doing so

No countersignature required You no longer have to have your CPD records countersigned by anyone when you renew your RCSLT membership. The RCSLT Professional Development and Standards Board recommend you access the RCSLT’s reflective writing e-learning workshop, either individually, with a colleague or in a group. The workshop is packed with activities, examples and tips to support you to ‘self-check’ your CPD and find a style of reflective writing that suits you. The RCSLT expects you will continue to discuss your diaries and reflection on CPD activities with your managers as part of local appraisal, supervision and/ or personal development plan reviews.

You should aim for your CPD to improve the quality of your work

Who doesn’t need to do CPD?

You should aim for your CPD to benefit service users – these might include patients, clients, your team, or students

All RCSLT members can access and record their CPD diary if they wish to. However, the following are exempt: ■ Newly-qualified practitioners should use the ‘Speech and language

If audited, you need to send the HPC a CPD profile to show how you have met its standards. The HPC will send you the CPD profile

A detailed guide on HPC CPD Standards is available from: www.hpc-uk.org/ and in the RCSLT CPD Toolkit (www.rcslt.org/members/cpd/toolkit_download)

RCSLT membership renewals

Each year we ask all members to inform us of any changes in their personal circumstances and to declare they will maintain their CPD. If your circumstances change, download a membership category change form from the RCSLT website. Visit: www.rcslt.org/about/ membership/how_to_join. The RCSLT Council expects that all members will record their CPD using the online diary, unless they have a health reason that prevents them from doing so. If this is the case enter a ‘special circumstances’ note in your online diary (if possible) and inform the RCSLT. YOUR GUIDE TO RCSLT MEMBER BENEFITS AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The workshop is packed with activities, examples and tips to support you to ‘self-check’ your CPD and find a style of reflective writing that suits you

therapy competency framework to guide transition to full RCSLT membership’ to support their learning and development. Visit: www. rcslt.org/members/nqps/intro ■ Non-practising members (including maternity leave and long-term sickness). If you have not being working, you are not obliged to have recorded CPD for the time you were away and you should have changed your RCSLT status to non-practising. However, you should record a ‘special circumstances’ note in your CPD diary. Details are in the CPD ‘Frequently asked questions’ (visit: www.rcslt.org/cpd/ cpd_faqs). If you are a non-practising RCSLT member but are still HPC registered you must continue to record your CPD in order to meet the HPC standards. ■ Support workers are not currently required to meet specific RCSLT CPD standards, but the RCSLT recommends they undertake CPD activities. For those in full-time employment, between 18 and 24 hours of CPD per year is appropriate – the equivalent of 1.5 to 2 hours per month. Support workers should refer to the RCSLT Policy statement on education and training for assistant or support workers, available at: www.rcslt.org/members/support_ 19 workers/intro


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If you work part time, are on maternity leave and still have RCSLT practising status, are on sabbatical leave or undertaking a higher degree, please refer to the CPD toolkit chapter 11, p2. (visit: www.rcslt.org/members/cpd/toolkit_download).

View the detailed stepby-step guide available in the CPD resources section on the RCSLT website

Getting started with the online CPD diary 1.

View the detailed step-by-step guide available in the CPD resources section on the RCSLT website

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Register to use the diary and receive a confirmation email*

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Log in to your diary

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Click on ‘My Diary’ page, choose a date to record your activity and click ‘Add activity’ on that date

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Record any action points or comments in the ‘Comments’ box. If you have no comments or actions to add, type ‘None’

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If you work in the NHS relate the activity to the KSF. If you are an independent SLT, type ‘not applicable’

10. Confirm your activity information by pressing ‘Update review’. Ensure you do this every 30 minutes while updating your review so you do not lose your work

*If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours this is most likely due to an incorrectly typed email address or your email provider has put the email in your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ email box. Please contact us: cpd@rcslt.org

RCSLT CPD resources Visit: www.rcslt.org/members/cpd/resources to read more on: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

The online CPD diary Getting started to the online CPD diary step-by-step guide The CPD toolkit The RCSLT reflective writing e-learning workshop The CPD framework

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In the ‘Review an Activity’ page, record your activity and relate it to the benefits you can take forward to enhance your practice (see CPD Toolkit chapter 3) Record the number of CPD hours

Visit: www.rcslt.org/members/cpd/cpd_faqs to read the answers to your frequently asked CPD questions.

Notes

Record the activity title, and the date it took place, CPD category and click ‘Add activity’

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Confirm your activity information by pressing ‘Update review’. Ensure you do this every 30 minutes while updating your review so you do not lose your work

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Summary of RCSLT member benefits Free copies of Bulletin and access to the RCSLT jobs site

Professional indemnity insurance

Access to CPD diary and other resources, and professional development support

Discounted access to RCSLT events

Access to member-only areas of the RCSLT website

Access to minor grants and support from RCSLT

Access to QSET resource and analysis

Free copies of the International Journal of language and Communication Disorders

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Certified members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (CertMRCSLT) Current practising (full, academic, Ireland, MRA)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT) Newly qualified

Yes

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Returners

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

International

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Working for charity overseas

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Non-practising

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Students

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Retired

Bulletin only

Covers period of practice

Yes

Yes

Retired member network news

Associate

Yes

Yes***

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Others Subscribers

* With guidance in completing your NQP framework ** With guidance in completing your return to practice programmes *** Where an SLT supervises scope of practise

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RCSLT contacts Membership and information For all membership enquires

(including changing your personal details)

email: membership@rcslt.org or tel: 020 7378 3008/3012 For information enquiries email: info@rcslt.org or tel: 020 7378 3012

CPD Lost your CPD PIN number or password? Call: 020 7378 3636 or email: cpd@rcslt.org

RCSLT, 2 White Hart Yard, London SE11NX tel: 020 7378 1200 online: www.rcslt.org

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