The majority of speech and language therapists are employed by trusts of The National Health Service (NHS) and work in schools, hospitals, clinics, health centres and day-care centres. There is often a choice of departments and a wide range of areas in which to work. Some mainstream work may be managed by local education authorities.
Some therapists may also be employed directly by:
There are opportunities to look for permanent and temporary posts abroad and for European and overseas practitioners to take jobs in the UK, provided they have a high level of spoken or written English. With experience, many speech and language therapists choose to move into self-employment.
The local press may handle vacancies for speech and language therapy assistants and bilingual co-workers, which are useful ways of gaining work experience before applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Make speculative approaches for work experience using directories to find details of key contacts working in the NHS and private healthcare.
Specialist recruitment agencies, such as Labmed Recruitment , also handle vacancies. Agencies are most useful for short-term and local posts. For a list of relevant member agencies, search the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) consultancy finder.
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