Speech and language therapy support workers assist speech and language therapists in helping clients with a wide range of speech, language and eating and drinking difficulties. These can be due to a range of conditions, including physical disabilities, illness or injury. They work with patients of all ages.
You could be:
working with the speech and language therapist to plan a course of therapy
implementing therapy tasks and activities
preparing therapy materials, equipment and treatment rooms
monitoring and evaluating client progress during the course of therapy
working with clients on a one to one or group basis
guiding and supporting the client through treatment
listening to the concerns of families and carers, and giving advice
providing clinical information to other health professionals such as doctors, psychologists, nurses and other therapists
maintaining accurate and up to date case notes.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Pay rates can vary depending on whether you are working with the NHS, with a private practice, or are self-employed. Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales speech and language therapy support workers salaries are on Band 2, £18,600 to £20,606 a year. With experience this can rise to Band 3, £20,700 to £22,594 a year.
Assistant practitioner speech and language therapy support workers are on Band 4, £22,700 to £24,973 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2020.
You may work in a hospital, clinic, health centre or child guidance unit, school or nursery.
You would work under the supervision of a registered speech and language therapist.
You may need to travel when visiting clients in schools or in their own homes.
Your hours are mostly regular at around 37.5 hours a week.