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Speech and language therapy assistant

Speech and language therapy assistants and bi-lingual co-workers work under the direction of qualified speech and language therapists. Assistants and co-workers can work with all client groups and more senior support worker/assistant levels, will usually work as assistant practitioners.

Duties vary according to the role, but can include:

  • routine work with clients on a one-to-one basis
  • assisting in group therapy sessions
  • preparing rooms and equipment, and looking after equipment
  • receiving clients, and giving them any necessary personal assistance e.g. with mobility
  • clerical and administrative work
  • advising on culture and language differences

Entry requirements

Entry qualifications may not be essential, but each employer sets their own requirements. Personality and maturity is important, as people enter from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of the jobs are part-time and some operate on a term-time-only basis.

Training

Speech and language therapy assistants and bi-lingual co-workers may have the opportunity to obtain QCF qualifications at level 2 or 3 in Healthcare Support Services, Clinical Healthcare Support or Allied Health Profession Support.

Obtaining QCF level 2 qualifications, will usually lead to the person having more responsibility in terms of the role they are fulfilling.

An appropriate QCF level 3 qualification will usually be sufficient to meet the minimum entry requirements into professional training, as a speech and language therapist, but prospective candidates should always check entry requirements with the university/universities that they are considering applying to.

There are also increasing opportunities to work as an assistant practitioner and to work towards an appropriate foundation degree.

Job vacancies

Most NHS trusts advertise their vacancies on the NHS Jobs website.