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This course provides an understanding of dysphagia, the difficulty that some people have in swallowing food and drink

Dysphagia eLearning:

Finding it difficult to swallow food and drink properly can have a profoundly negative effect on a person’s life. As well as making it difficult to enjoy a normal, social activity it can lead to further complications, some of which can be dangerous and potentially fatal.

This session looks at how staff can support people with dysphagia. This module was developed as an extension to the suite of Food, Nutrition and Hydration in Health and Social Care e-learning courses.

Course Content
  • Session 1: Introduction
  • Session 2: What is dysphagia?
  • Session 3: Who is involved in managing dysphagia?
  • Session 4: Summary
What will learners get out of it?
  • An understanding of how normal swallowing works
  • How to describe the signs and symptoms of dysphagia
  • How to identify which groups of people are more at risk from suffering from dysphagia
  • How to identify who to go to for help when managing a service user’s dysphagia
Who is the course for?

All healthcare staff, with an emphasis on:

  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Caterers
  • Carers

The module is followed by a multiple choice assessment designed to test learners’ understanding of dysphagia. Progress can be tracked by managers for internal audits and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.

Accreditations & Endorsements

Developed in partnership with the National Patient Safety Agency (now part of NHS England) and commissioned by the Department of Health.


20 mins approx


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