Since our beloved Speechie Jenna Butterworth recently left the clinic to prepare for her adventures as a Speech Pathologist in the UK, I thought I would take the time to do a UK edition of Speech Pathology around the World.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the governing body that provides leadership and sets the professional standards for speech and language pathologists in the UK. RCSLT was established on the 6th of January 1945 to promote the art and science of speech and language therapy which encompasses the care of individuals with communication, swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties.
The History behind the RCSLT
The College of Speech Therapists (CST) formed from the union of the Association of Speech Therapists and British Society of Speech Therapists in 1944. This new body aimed to unite all members of the profession in order to:
- Promote research into the field of speech and language therapy in the UK
- Promote better education and training of speech and language therapists and provide relevant information to all their members about speech pathology
- Seek improvement and maintain a high standard of knowledge
- Increase public awareness and knowledge about the field of speech pathology in the UK
The official title for the profession in the UK changed from speech therapist to speech language therapist in 1990. Later in 1995 the college was awarded the right call to itself The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
King George VI became the College’s first Royal Patron in 1948 after receiving speech and therapy for his stutter. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, continued this support after his death in 1952 and become the college’s patron in 1959. In 2003, the Countess of Wessex is the current RCSLT patron following the Queen Mother’s passing in 2002.
You can read more about Speech Pathology in the England at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
For more information on this topic or any speech related fields, contact the ENT Clinic on 1300 123 368 and make an appointment with our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah.