Speech and Language Therapy Network

When our customers need to see a speech and language therapist, we offer them a choice from our specialist network. If you'd like to join the network, find out more about the benefits it could bring to your practice and the recognition criteria below:

What we offer you

Bupa recognition can help you build and promote your practice. The benefits include:

  • access to a large share of the health insurance market
  • raising your profile through your personal page on Finder, our online directory of Bupa recognised healthcare professionals and healthcare services, which is used by our customers, GPs and the public and receives around 100,000 visits a week
  • access to our Providers Online website and other online resources to make running your private practice simple and straightforward.

Before you apply

You can apply for Bupa recognition online in three simple steps which should take less than an hour, depending on the complexity of your practice.

Before you apply, take a look at our Questions and Answers page where you can find more information about becoming Bupa recognised.

  • Step one

  • Step two

  • Step three

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Please review the terms and conditions

If you apply for Bupa recognition, we’ll take it that you agree to the terms and conditions for joining the Bupa Speech and Language Therapy Network  (PDF, 546KB).

Confidentiality guidelines

We'll only use the information that you submit to us as part of this process for the purposes of this application, and in our ongoing relationship in the event that you become Bupa recognised.

We've indicated in the application form what information may be shared with Bupa customers, on our website and through other media.

You have the opportunity to give permission for this as you complete the application form.

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Gather the documents you need

You’ll find it easier to complete your application if you have the following information to hand:

your professional qualifications

name and address of your therapy room(s)/practice

the make, model and service date of any equipment you use

a copy of your Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) registration certificate

a copy of your enhanced DBS certificate, AccessNI enhanced certificate, Access NI Basic if self employed or Disclosure Scotland enhanced disclosure or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) record check

a copy of your current indemnity insurance certificate

your photographic proof of identity and completed Proof of Identity form


Apply online

We’ll send you an on screen message to confirm we’ve received your completed application. Once we’ve received your application and supporting documents, we’ll process them. We aim to get back to you within five working days, but in busy periods it may take longer.

Your recognition begins on the day you are added to Bupa’s list of recognised therapists, so please don’t start treating Bupa customers until you’ve received an email confirming that your application is complete. We’re unable to fund any services you provide to Bupa patients before that.

We currently aren’t accepting new applications for any of our networks. These will re-open in mid May 2021. Please continue to check this page for further details.

Ways to get in touch…

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