Speech Pathology & Audiology – Working in the UK & Ireland
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It has almost become a right of passage for Australian and New Zealand Speech Pathologists to head to the UK and spend a couple of years working and travelling seeing the wonderful sights of Europe. Not much has changed apart from the great exchange rate we now have over there. At Aussie Locums, our staff are committed to making your dreams come a reality and we can help you in every step on the way.
We have agencies in the UK that cover not only London, but all the cities and towns throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. And whether you’re looking for a 2 week locum or a full time permanent role, we will have the options available to you BEFORE you arrive in Europe.
Before you leave the country, our consultants will ensure that you have all the necessary documentation in order so you can literally start work the next day after you arrive. There are a few things that you will need to do starting about 6 months before you travel and we have identified the main ones below.
- You will need to apply to register with the Health Professions Council. This is a key part of being able to work in the UK. Our consultants are trained to be able to advise you on every part of the application in detail. To register with the HPC can take from to 4-6 months so you’re encouraged to apply for HPC registration well in advance of your arrival date in the UK. (As with all aspects of your trip away from Australia, Aussie Locums will be there to help you all the way… just call or e-mail.)
- Visa —The majority of Australians and New Zealanders will need a visa to allow them to work in the UK. There are several types of visas including a Youth Mobility Visa, which allows you to work for 2 years, and an ancestry visa which provides a 5 year work visa if you have a grandparent born in the UK. See the British High Commission website for more information on these and other visas.
Our mission at Aussie Locums is to ensure that you are cared for before you travel so you can be free to enjoy the wonderful experience of working overseas. Our consultants provide a detailed personal service and will have you communication with our UK offices well in advance of your departure date. To start the ball rolling, click here and let’s get you on your way! Or feel free to call on the free phone number provided or just register via e-mail and we will contact you at the most convenient time for you.
Aussie Locums employment services most importantly provide you with excellent pay rates, a variety of locum and permanent positions, assistance with all visas and work permits and personal travel advice.
Mutual Recognition Agreement for Speech Pathologists
As of the 1st January 2005 a mutual recognition agreement of credentials came into force between SPA, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
This agreement is mutual recognition that the four associations have substantially equivalent credentials so it is then possible that certified members of one association can be recognised by the others. For more information download the PDF from Speech Pathology Australia.
Requirements to work in the UK:
Speech Pathologists: will need to be registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and have 12 months clinical experience.
Audiologists: There are no specific registration requirements for Audiologists though it is encouraged to gain registration with The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) this will certainly assist the strength of your CV and most employers look for this in their decision making process. http://www.clinphys.force9.co.uk it is preferred to have at least 12 months experience.
Health Professionals Council Registration in the UK
This is a key part of being able to work in the UK. Our consultants are trained to be able to advise you on every part of the application in detail. To register with the HPC can take up to 4-6 months so you’re advised to apply for HPC registration well in advance of your arrival date in the UK.
The Health Professions Council
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7582 0866
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7820 9684
- Register as a UK Speech and Language Therapist for further information
- Register as a UK Audiologist for further information