What is the difference between NHS and independent therapy?

Speech and language therapy is available free through the NHS. Parents are able to make a referral directly to their local NHS service for no charge.

Independent practitioners work outside of the demands and financial constraints of the NHS and are often able to offer services more quickly and with greater flexibility.

Can I see an NHS therapist too?

Independent Speech and Language Therapy can complement your existing NHS therapy, either while you wait to be seen or at the same time.  It is important that you inform both parties of the others’ involvement. I will make every effort to discuss your child’s therapy plan with their NHS therapist to give your child the best possible outcomes.

How do I know my therapist is properly qualified?

Independent practitioners are at least as well qualified as NHS therapists and have to adhere to the same professional standards. In order to maintain a high standard of service, and for your protection, all our therapists are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, and the Health Professions Council.

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