Promoting the profession: resources

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

These resources can help SLTs and student SLTs to promote speech and language therapy as a career.

Download these resources and use them as required for your audience.

We hope to add more resources over time. Check back for updates and new additions.

Careers guide and templates

This careers toolkit provides SLTs and student SLTs with material to promote speech and language therapy as a degree. They can be used when you visit a school or careers event.

Download these resources and use them as required for your audience:

Email info@rcslt.org if you would like hard copies of the careers guide for an event or if you have resources to share with us and other members.

Media

Videos

Here are some videos about speech and language therapy that you can use in careers promotion activities.

You could use the following video as an introduction to a careers event or presentation about careers promotion:

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.

You are free to use them in career promotion activities to reflect the diversity of the profession.

Read the guidance below if you can contribute images to the bank.

Guidance and consent

We encourage greater diversity in the profession and, where possible, a broader representation.

Examples of questions we hope 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 1–3 minutes long.

External resources

Health Education England’s strategic framework, What comes next? (PDF), can be used for engagement with schools and communities to build a diverse healthcare workforce.

It 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 to 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 the Inspiring the Future website.

If you have been thinking about promoting a career as a speech and language therapist to the wider population, you can use the NHS Employers Measuring Up tool. This smart online tool allows you to compare your workforce data with that of the local community to identify underrepresented groups.

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