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Key points

  • If every SLT offered a careers talk to a school once every three years we could cover the whole country!
  • Remember that service users can also be great advocates for the profession too.

Introduction

The resources below have been designed to provide SLTs and student SLTs with material you can use if you are visiting a school or going to a careers event to promote speech and language therapy as a career.

You are free to download these materials and tailor them as required for your audience if you wish.

We hope to add to these resources over time, so please check back for amendments and new additions regularly if you are visiting schools. 

Careers guide and templates

This careers toolkit has been designed to provide SLTs and student SLTs with material you can use if you are visiting a school or going to a careers event to promote speech and language therapy as a degree.

You are free to download these materials and amend as required for your audience if you wish. In addition please contact RCSLT info@rcslt.org if you would find it helpful to have hard copies of the careers guide at the event.

We hope to add to the toolkit over time, so please check back for amendments and new additions regularly if you are visiting schools.

If you have some resources you can share with us and other members please get in touch info@rcslt.org.

Media

Videos

Here are some videos about SLT that you could use in careers promotion activities:

RCSLT would like to develop a wider range of videos to help promote the profession.  If you would like to contribute a video, please read the guidance below. 

Images

The RCSLT is collecting a range of images about speech and language therapists that you are free to use in career promotion activities to reflect the diversity of the profession. If you would like to contribute images to the bank, please read the guidance below. 

Guidance and consent

Part of our goal is to encourage greater diversity in the profession, and not only in respect of gender, so we would like to see a broad representation where possible.

Here are some examples of questions we’re hoping to answer with images and videos:  

  • What do speech and language therapy students do?

  • What does a first job look like?

  • What are some surprising things about speech and language therapy?

  • What are the common myths about speech and language therapy?

  • What characteristics or skills are useful? 

For images and videos featuring SLTs and SLT assistants/students, we require you to fill out this consent form. You may also need the consent of your employer, so please bear this in mind. 

If there are any service users or school children in your images or videos, you will need a different form. Please get in touch to request this at info@rcslt.org

Photos should be at least 240 dpi, but preferably 300 dpi. They can be either jpeg or png.

Videos can be MP4 format and ideally between 1 and 3 mins long. 

External resources

Health Education England’s strategic framework for engagement with schools and communities to build a diverse healthcare workforce sets out how to reach out to young people, broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations to create a more diverse workforce within health.

By working with Health Education England and NHS England we are able to ensure there is material about speech and language therapy as a career.

The NHS has been working working with inspiring the future to help NHS Ambassadors go into local schools and colleges to talk about their roles and a wide range of healthcare careers.

 

If you would like further information about becoming an Ambassador please visit their website.

 

You also might have been thinking about promoting a career as a speech and language therapist to the wider population. Make sure you visit NHS Employers Measuring Up. It is a smart tool which allows you to compare your workforce data with that of the local community to identify underrepresented groups.