Speech and language therapist (integrated degree) (level 6)
Improving quality of life, health and well-being for people with communication difficulties and/or dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties).
- Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
- Typical duration
- 48 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Speech and language therapist
- Speech therapist
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Communicate with all people in a manner which is consistent with their cognitive ability and level of understanding, culture, gender, ethnicity, background and preferred ways of communicating.
- Monitor and adapt verbal and non-verbal communication to accommodate individual needs, taking account of a range of factors such as language and linguistic skills, attention and listening skills, mental capacity, learning, physical and sensory abilities. Adapt own communication for effective case history taking, assessment, differential diagnosis and collaborative goal-setting.
- Use evidence-based speech and language therapy practice to design, implement and evaluate clinical management that will unlock an individual’s potential and enable the best possible communication, eating and drinking.
- Use effective interpersonal skills to support and motivate individuals to actively participate in assessment and interventions.
- Communicate complex information and concepts to diverse audiences, including individuals, groups and communities with a range of communication needs, including through the use of interpreters, bilingual co-workers, translation/culturally appropriate materials, and other accessible materials.
- Use basic counselling strategies with people who are distressed.
- Use behaviour change and behaviour modification techniques, to promote self-management of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.
- Plan, implement and evaluate holistic speech and language therapy interventions and provide accessible information that works towards achievement of participation-based goals, and to support health and wellbeing.
- Collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team to provide accessible information in relation to speech, language, communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties to a multi-disciplinary team to enhance its effectiveness.
- Agree goals and co-produce plans for speech and language therapy intervention with service users, their families/carers and the multi-disciplinary team.
- Develop practice, seek feedback from others, engage in reflection, self-directed learning and professional development, addressing gaps in skills and knowledge for self-benefit and that of the profession.
- Recognise the value of change and implement agreed plans on, development, innovation and transformation, reflect on the process, and use this information to appraise the outcome and inform future practice.
- Facilitate learning and coach others, providing timely and constructive feedback and contributing to development and evaluation of intervention programmes.
- Synthesise theories of typical and atypical speech, language, communication and eating, drinking and swallowing with relevant knowledge from linguistics, phonetics, psychology, social and biomedical sciences to form the foundation of reasoned professional practice.
- Use professional and ethical reasoning effectively, integrating knowledge and theory with clinical expertise and service user rights and preferences.
- Select, use and interpret appropriate and effective information-gathering and assessment methods to identify the speech, language, communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and the needs of individuals, groups and communities to develop a reasoned speech and language therapy diagnosis.
- Review, monitor and evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions.
- Independently source, critically evaluate, interpret, analyse, synthesise and disseminate research findings relevant to speech and language therapy and individuals’ needs.
- Formulate relevant research questions about issues related to speech, language, communication, swallowing and SLT practice. Select designs and methods appropriate to research and present data and information to facilitate appropriate analysis.
- Contribute to quality improvement and innovation, recognising and implementing the principles of clinical governance.
- Recognise own wellbeing indicators and work within the limits of practice and experience, knowing when and from whom to seek advice or help. Delegate appropriately or refer to another professional and recognise when to raise concerns about quality of practice.
- Assess the clinical risk associated with any speech and language therapy intervention and take appropriate action to mitigate against potential risks to self, patients, colleagues and the public.
- Appropriately use available information and communication technologies for the organisation and evaluation of data and to communicate with colleagues and patients.
- Adjust speech and language therapy role within the political, social and cultural context in which they are working and able to show the value of their service and commitment to their profession.