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Dysphagia Guide

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All intended audience groups

Whilst co-developed with care home staff, the content of the Dysphagia Guide will be of relevance to other health and social care staff, informal carers, and potentially people with dysphagia themselves.

Intended Audience Group
Aims and Objectives

Dysphagia, which is difficulties chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks, has serious implications for a person’s health and well being with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations.

The resource, which was co-developed with care home staff  can be used to support people working in care to gain the relevant level of competency for their role as outlined in the Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework.

The Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource, which has been adapted by HEE e-LfH, is made up of five sessions that cover the following topics:

  • Essentials
  • Food
  • Quality and Safety
  • Training and Resources
  • Workforce

Everyone should complete Essentials and the relevant sections of Food, but dependent on your job role you will find the other sessions helpful.

The Guide can be accessed without registration via smart phones, tablets and laptop/desktop devices although you will need to register with an email address if you want to evidence your learning.

Bedford Borough, BLMK, Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough, Milton Keynes,
Frequency / Length
The sessions vary in length dependent on the amount of content.  It is not intended that you visit all the sessions at once
Resource / Organisation
Health Education England e-LfH, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative and industry experts
Training delivered by:
Cost, Funded or Free
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