Independent (private) speech and language therapists

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice provides information about independent speech and language therapists throughout the UK.

All ASLTIP members are certified RCSLT members and are registered with the Health Professions Council.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the profession..

Coming to work in the UK as an SLT

Mutual recognition agreement

Members of the following organisations may apply for RCSLT membership through the Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (MRA).

If you trained as an SLT outside one of these countries, please contact the RCSLT Membership Team for information about RCSLT membership opportunities.

Working as an SLT outside the UK

The RCSLT has members who trained in the UK and now work overseas as speech and language therapists.
Using the MRA to apply for membership of a professional association overseas

The Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement, known as ‘the MRA,’ is an agreement between:

The agreement enables full RCSLT members to join any of the others.

RCSLT members who want to apply for membership of a professional association overseas must:

  • contact the professional association in the country in which you are going to work to check on their requirements and application processes
  • contact the RCSLT to let us know you are intending to make an application using the MRA
  • secure a letter of good standing from the RCSLT/reference from your manager, by completing this application form
  • send your application to the professional association in the country in which you are going to work.

SLTs working in voluntary roles

Some of our members work in voluntary positions for charities, others work in overseas health systems.

The RCSLT offers a discount on the membership fees for SLTs working in a voluntary role. Please contact us for more information on this.

Information for Speech and Language Therapists

Professionalism at work

RCSLT publications and webinars on professionalism:

Professionalism: drawing new lines in the sand by Anna van der Gaag. January 2013, Pg 16.
Dysphagia: a safer approach to risk feeding by Dharinee Hansjee. February 2013, Pg20-21.
Professionalism: have you had the conversation yet? by Susan Fairbrother. April 2012, Pg 12-15.
Professionalism: having the conversation. September 2012, Pg 18-19.
Making sense of duty of care by Steven Harulow. September 2012, Pg 20-21.

Watch our webinar on professionalism - On 29th January 2013 the Allied Health Professions held a webinar discussing professionalism. Attendees included, RCSLT CEO Kamini Gadhok, Chief Health Professions Officer, Karen Middleton, College of Occupational Therapists CEO, Julia Scott and HCPC Chair, Anna van der Gaag.

Non RCSLT publications and press releases on professionalism:

SLT Job Profiles

The Agenda for Change clinical profiles published in 2005 are the most current source of information on the skills required and tasks performed at each level by SLTs working in the UK. Links to these, along with the NHS Job Evaluation handbook are below and hosted on the NHS Employers website. 

While these have been developed for the NHS, they can be used to inform the development of job descriptions and person specifications for other employment sectors.
National Profiles for Speech and Language Therapists 
NHS Job Evaluation Handbook

Pay scales

Pay scales for SLTs and assistants working in the NHS

The NHS Employers website details the latest national pay award for staff covered by the Agenda for Change agreement.

Payment by Results - Funding for NHS in England (May 2005)

Practical support for Allied Health Professionals, published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy but relevant to all AHP-led professions.

These pay scale pages are for information only. If you have a dispute about salaries contact your union representative. Legislation does not allow the RCSLT to get involved in salary negotiations.