Julia Longthorne, Head of Profession for Speech and Language Therapy
A Speech and Language Therapist helps people, including babies and children who have problems with speaking, communicating, eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and Language Therapists can deal with diverse client groups, including people with physical and learning disabilities, hearing loss or deafness, psychiatric disorders and dementia. Speech and Language Therapists can also treat a range of conditions including cleft palate, stammering, language delay and voice disorders. They can work in a range of settings from hospitals to community clinics and even in patient's own homes. Speech and Language Therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the professional body is the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.