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