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 Careers in Speech and Language Therapy

We are keen to support people considering a career in Speech and Language Therapy, whether in a therapist or assistant role. We currently offer a twice-yearly career session to people considering applying for training. If you have actually applied for a place at university we will also try and provide you with a session observing a Speech and Language Therapist at work. 

To access any of these sessions please get in touch with Heather Robinson, Professional Lead for Adult Speech and Language Therapy (tel. 01904 725768 or email

Further information on Speech and Language Therapy as a career can be found on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website or careers in the NHS

Observation Visit information

To arrange a visit to the department please contact Heather Robinson, Professional Lead for Adult Speech and Language Therapy (tel. 01904 725768 or email ).

We have a high commitment to students undertaking training through local universities, and so are unable to accommodate all requests for observation visits. We are only able to offer sessions to people who have applied for a place to study Speech and Language Therapy (Undergraduate or Postgraduate Level).

Specific information about your visit will be sent to you when the session is confirmed. The following information will help you plan your visit.

Where is the placement?

You will be observing a therapist based at either York Hospital or Scarborough Hospital

Specific information about the time and location will be sent to you. The hospital website contains information on how to get to these sites, including travel advice.

What should I wear?

Staff in the Adult Team wear uniform. You are asked to come wearing smart, comfortable clothes, with flat shoes. Other dress code issues to note:

  • Jewellery, including watches and all rings other than a plain band must be removed when dealing directly with patients.
  • Finger nails must be kept clean, neat and tidy. Nail polish is not permitted.
  • No outer garments should be worn in clinical areas e.g. fleeces, coats.
  • All footwear must be well fitting, provide good support and be low noise in clinical areas.
  • Visible body piercing should be discreet, appropriate and not cause offence.  By discreet is meant small, smooth and not brightly coloured.
  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings permitted.
  • Visible tattoos that could cause offence either to patients, work colleagues, or members of the public, must be covered.
  • The Trust will not be liable for any injury sustained by an employee caused by the wearing of any jewellery.
  • The security of jewellery that an employee has been asked to remove remains the responsibility of the wearer. The Trust is not liable for any loss.
  • Hair must be kept clean and tidy at all times. Long hair should be tied back when working in a clinical setting.
  • Extravagant hairstyles, excessive and unnatural hair colourings are not in keeping with a professional image and as such are not permitted.
  • Male staff should be clean shaven or ensure that beards are neatly trimmed.
  • Please be aware that the hospital can be very warm if you are working on the wards.
  • The hospital has a policy of "bare below the elbows" for infection control.

What should I bring with me?

It would also be useful to bring a notebook to record any observations you make during the session.

Please avoid bringing large bags with you as storage space is tight and the office shared by many. Valuables can be put in a locker.

Who works in the team?

We are a team of therapists and administrators. Some therapists work full time and others part time. Some therapists see a general caseload and others specialise in a specific area such as voice, stroke, dysphagia etc.

What clients are seen?

We see any adult clients who may have communication or swallowing difficulties. These problems may be as a result of a stroke, cancer or a neurological condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease etc. We see some clients as in-patients and others as out-patients and have dedicated time for each of these areas. Some of these websites may explain more to you

What will I be expected to do?

You will be observing all that the Speech and Language Therapist does in the clinic. There will be opportunity to discuss with them their role and your training. It may also be possible to observe other Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists or Dietitians.

What can I do before I come?

Contact the department for advice on reading lists etc.

How do I contact the team?

If you have any queries about your placement please do telephone the main Speech & Language Therapy office on:

01904 725768

If you are unable to attend on the day please do telephone our department in advance to let us know.

We look forward to you spending time with our team.

Can I make a suggestion?

We welcome any comments, suggestions or complaints about our service. Your contribution could help us improve the way we do things so please share your thoughts. If you wish to write, please address to:

Helena Perry
SLT Team Lead
York Hospital
Wigginton Road
YO31 8HE.

To return to the Speech and Language Therapy home page click here.

To arrange a visit to the department please contactHeather Robinson, Professional Lead for Adult Speech and Language Therapy (tel. 01904 725768)




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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.