In the role of collaborator, speech therapists work effectively with different professionals and stakeholders to ensure high-quality client care. The goal of this inter-professional and intra-professional collaboration is to achieve effective coordination and decision making with respect to the client. The combination of care and well-being and the removal of barriers in health care requires speech therapists to serve as innovative networkers and health information officers within integral new forms of cooperation. Sharing knowledge and responsibilities is necessary when working with fellow speech therapists and with professionals from other disciplines. This means being sensitive to cultural differences, respecting each other’s boundaries, understanding each other’s perspectives (norms and values) and showing an interest in getting to know one another. Only then can collective responsibilities be tackled and joint goals and results be achieved. Differences can be effectively utilised when people are willing to see and respect one another. Speech therapists work actively with other professionals in the fields of health care, education, administration, professional training, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as with stakeholders such as governments and financiers. The organisation and depth of this collaboration require an enterprising attitude from speech therapists. Speech therapists report to relevant parties in accordance with the applicable guidelines and legal frameworks.
 The description of the collaborator role focuses on working with other professionals (with a joint focus on the client). Collaboration with the client is described in the communicator role.