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Speech and Language Therapist

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Speech and language therapists work with children and adults who have speech, language or communication problems, or who have difficulty swallowing, chewing or eating. They help their clients to speak and communicate with others as well as they can.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales speech and language therapists' salaries start at Band 5, £23,113 to £29,905 a year. With experience this can rise to Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year.

Advanced level speech and language therapists are on Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018.

Conditions

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Getting In

There are around 14,000 practising speech and language therapists in the UK, with the majority working in the NHS. You may also find work with voluntary organisations, education services or in private practice.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2188
1.9 %
RISE
2023
2230
  United Kingdom
2018
15874
2.8 %
RISE
2023
16314

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Tel: 020 7378 3012
E-mail: info@rcslt.org
Website: http://www.rcslt.org/
Twitter: @RCSLT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RCSLT/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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