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Assistant Dysphagia Practitioner Training

Dysphagia is

the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with Dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others cannot swallow at all.
Symptoms that can indicate Dysphagia include:
  • weight loss / loss of appetite
  • drooling
  • inability to clear food from the mouth or throat
  • coughing when eating or drinking
  • choking or coughing on food, liquids or saliva
  • problems swallowing medication
  • pain when swallowing
  • discomfort in the chest or throat
  • heartburn or reflux
  • repeated chest infections
  • loss of appetite
This course covers the theoretical aspects of feeding and points to look for when working with a client. It covers the practical aspects of using thickeners and modifying textures of food to meet the recommendations of speech and language therapy dysphagia management plans.

This workshop can be provided for groups of upto 14 people at your venue or view the courses we are running at our venues, link below.

Quality Assurance

Eg(Training)Ltd only employ excellent therapists who are DBS checked on a regular basis. All our therapists are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In addition, where applicable, our therapists are members of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).
All of our therapists are insured through our own employers liability cover and have full professional indemnity cover.

Recommended for

  • Staff who are involved in the preparation of food and drink.
  • Staff who are involved in assisting individuals who have swallowing difficulties to eat and drink.
  • Staff who are involved in writing care plans for those with Dysphagia.
  • Managers who are responsible for staff with the above duties.

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will
  1. Have an understanding of how normal swallowing works
  2. Be able to describe the signs and symptoms of dysphagia
  3. Know how to identify which groups of people are more at risk from suffering dysphagia
  4. Understand the National Descriptors for food and drink used in dysphagia management
  5. Be able to prepare food and drinks accurately, according to dysphagia management plans
  6. Be able to offer appropriate food and drinks to patients with confidence
  7. Know who to go for help when managing a person with dysphagia
These outcomes meet the standards set by the CQC and the National Patient Safety Agency and supports the core competencies outlined in the InterProfessionals Dysphagia Framework (2006). Delegates are advised that they need to consolidate and maintain the skills developed on the course. Please consider having a method of support in place, prior to attending the course, for example supervision from a suitably trained and qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

When and Where

Eg(Training)Ltd provide training services across the UK. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, and service needs. We are always happy to discuss and advise.
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