Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) work in hospitals (inpatients and outpatients), community clinics, family centres, schools, nurseries, day centres, people's own homes and increasingly across communities.
SLTs support adults, children and their families, as well as other professionals and agencies to reduce the impact that speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties have on daily life.
We help people to reach their best potential when communicating and/or eating drinking and swallowing. We also help relatives, carers and other people to better understand each individual’s needs and how to manage them in their own environments. As SLTs, we provide reassurance, advice, information about other services, and where appropriate, assessment and intervention.
We employ a number of assistants who work with our SLTs in Ayrshire and Arran. All SLTs employed by us are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Part of our role is to raise public awareness of the needs of people with speech, language, communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and to provide information on preventable and avoidable causes of these.
We work in partnership with the East, North and South Health and Social Care Partnerships, local education departments, care providers, and voluntary and charitable organizations.
Information about specific SLT services: