This is an accredited online training course, specifically focussing on how to care for people with dysphagia. It is presented by professionals with wide experience in the area, and is designed for nurses and care staff who work in any care setting where dysphagia may occur. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete (sometimes a little less), and learners receive a certificate of completion at the end. Staff training is crucial to any organisation’s dysphagia care plan.
A key feature of this training is the detailed explanation and demonstration of the IDDSI Framework (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative). Extensive research and liaison went into developing the course content, which includes video and audio demonstration of each fluid thickness and food consistency in the IDDSI Framework.
The purpose of the course is to give care staff the tools to recognise dysphagia, to know when to refer, and to feel confident following the Speech and Language Therapist’s recommendations and using the IDDSI Framework. It also examines safe feeding practices, and enhancing the mealtime environment.
This comprehensive course is recommended for all nursing and care staff, to reduce the negative consequences of dysphagia, and to allow those caring for people with dysphagia to do so safely and confidently.