Further information about a career in Speech & Language Therapy is available from the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy

The RCSLT Careers Guide (3MB PDF) contains important information about what speech and language therapists do, how to become an SLT and information on recognised speech and language therapy courses in the UK.

Work Experience

For those interested in Speech & Language Therapy as a career, a short work experience can be arranged. This would potentially include one day with the adult service and one day with the paediatric service.
Please put any request in writing to Helen Fletcher, Head of Service, Speech & Language Therapy Adult Services, Nithbank, Dumfries DG1 2SD.

Speech & Language Therapy Support Workers

Speech & Language Therapists are assisted in their work by Speech & Language Therapy Support Workers. SLTSW’s are an important part of the team and act in a supporting role and under the direction of a qualified SLT.
SLTSW’s are trained extensively to the competencies required by the service and undertake a variety of tasks including:

  • supporting people to develop communication skills
  •  developing, preparing and maintaining therapeutic materials
  •  working with clients on a one-to-one basis
  •  supporting and facilitating group therapy activities
  •  some clerical and administrative tasks

They may work with a variety of client groups, in a variety of setting.

Further information about the role of SLTSW’s is available from