Therapy

Speech and language therapy assistant

Speech and language therapy assistants help support people who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing.

Annual Salary

£15,250 to £22,500

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Speech and language therapy assistant jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll work with a range of client groups, including:

  • children
  • adults with physical disabilities, mental health issues or learning difficulties
  • people recovering from medical conditions
  • older people

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with the therapist
  • working with clients on a one-to-one basis
  • group work and activities
  • providing advice on cultural and language differences (if you’re a bilingual co-worker)
  • clients with any personal needs, for example, mobility issues
  • preparing therapy rooms and equipment

There are no set entry requirements to get into this work, but some employers may ask for:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent
  • voluntary or paid experience of working with older people, children or people with physical disabilities, mental health problems or learning difficulties

You may also find it useful to have a qualification in health and social care, but this isn’t essential.

For bilingual co-worker jobs it will be essential to have the ability to speak a second community-based language.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Health Careers have more information about becoming a speech and language therapy assistant.

 

£15,250 to £22,500

Starter salary: £15,250 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £17,000 to £19,500

These figures are a guide.

37.5

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week. You could be based in a hospital, health centre, assessment unit, a mainstream or special school, or a patient’s own home.

Your day-to-day work may include some travel.

With experience, you could become a team leader and supervise other speech and language therapy assistants. 

You could also train as an assistant practitioner and study for a foundation degree before training as a speech and language therapist.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • a caring and understanding approach
  • excellent communication skills, and the ability to explain treatments to patients
  • empathy and the ability to gain the trust and confidence of clients
  • the ability to work in a team and also on your own
  • organisational skills
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