The new 3 year Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) degree at Marjon has been officially approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ahead of the 2018 student intake.
The HCPC approves programmes within the UK for regulated healthcare professions. Approval ensures that graduates from the degree are eligible to apply to register as speech and language therapists with the HCPC. The SLT programme has been redesigned to become a 3 year programme (it was 3 ½ years) and therefore has had to undergo scrutiny from the HCPC to ensure it continues to meet their Standards of Education and Training.
Marjon has been training speech and language therapists for nearly 25 years and graduates have been very successful in securing employment as speech and language therapists both locally and nationally.
Programme Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy degree, Dr Julia Stewart, said, “We’ve redesigned the programme in order to respond to the changing context of delivering healthcare education and these changes will ensure Marjon’s graduates continue to be highly competent practitioners who are very attractive to potential employers.”
In order to achieve HCPC approval the course underwent rigorous scrutiny by a visiting panel who interviewed students, both past and present, placement providers, service users and the teaching team.
“We are delighted with the successful outcome and look forward to continuing to deliver high quality teaching and learning to future generations of speech and language therapists,” said Dr Stewart.
“Our students go on to work with people of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, communication and eating and drinking difficulties. They may work for the NHS; in schools or with charitable organisations. We want to ensure Marjon graduates can continue making an impact in healthcare.”
Dr Stewart concluded, “We are looking forward to hosting an event to celebrate our 25thanniversary next year with everyone who has supported the programme since its start.”
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