Speech & Language Therapists
Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, fluency and voice disorders caused by disability, injury or illness.
- Assesses, tests and diagnoses a client’s condition
- Designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment
- Treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients or through the use of artificial communication devices
- Attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists
- Counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient’s disability
- Writes reports and maintains client caseloads.
Entrants require a recognised graduate or postgraduate degree that encompasses both theory and clinical practice. Successful completion of these courses leads to eligibility for a certificate to practice and membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Full membership is granted after completion of a year of supervised, post-qualifying experience.
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £31,000 per annum and can progress up to £49,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 1,821 employed Speech & Language Therapists in the region.