Who is this course suitable for?

Care staff and health care assistants

Care staff and health care assistants; as frontline healthcare staff, it is often your role to provide food and drink to people with dysphagia, or assist at mealtimes or with preparing food or drink, as well as many other essential tasks. We know the challenges this can create, with the variety of diets and consistencies available and multiple care needs each person might have. This course provides a simple, accessible way of pinning down exactly what food and drink to provide, and how to provide it. It’s a comprehensive course that details every aspect of dysphagia care in a practical and informative way.


Nurses; your role in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of mealtimes for those under your care is paramount, while juggling the multiple demands of a busy work environment. This course will enable you to meet those demands easily. It shows you what to look out for in dysphagia and when to refer on, and shows you how to follow SLT/SLP recommendations. The course also goes into detail about the IDDSI, so the new terminology needn’t take up any more of your care time or cause you any anxiety; it’s all explained simply in one place. It’s a comprehensive course that details every aspect of dysphagia care in a practical and informative way.

Speech and Language Therapists and AHPs

Speech and Language Therapists and AHPs; The IDDSI framework means changes for everyone. This course gives a thorough grounding in every level of the IDDSI, and will allow you to adapt your practices to the new terminology easily by providing a solid learning base for you and your care team. When change takes place, it can be difficult to piece together all the relevant information and make sure you have everything you need to answer any questions you may be asked – we have made that easy here. We have reviewed all the information on IDDSI, combined it with our extensive experience in dysphagia care provision, and created this comprehensive, practical course.

Home carers

Home carers; working in the home environment brings huge challenges in dysphagia. You often work alone or in small teams, so it can be difficult to get the information and support you need to provide safe dysphagia care, or even to rely on the information that you do get. With this certified course you not only get comprehensive information about every aspect of dysphagia care, as well as in depth examination of the IDDSI and how to use it, but you also get the confidence of knowing that the information here is based on the knowledge and experience of dysphagia care experts. This course will give you the skills to provide dysphagia care confidently, and safely, in any environment. We know that dysphagia care is not just in medical settings, but also in the home.

A brief introduction to IDDSI for clinicians

Questions about this course

Will the multi-media elements work on any internet browser?

We recommend using Chrome, Firefox, Edge (ie Explorer 11+), Safari or an up to date Android Browser for the best experience.

Note: Older versions of Explorer in particular can struggle to load the multi-media elements. Versions before Explorer 11 (Edge) have not been supported or updated by Microsoft since 2016.

How long does the course take?

The course takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to complete.

You can work through it as one continuous learning event if you choose, or you can take breaks, logout, and resume at your own pace.

Once you start the course you will need to complete it within 4 weeks.

Do I need any special equipment to take this course?

You need a computer, laptop or tablet which is connected to a good broadband signal to facilitate the audio visual material that it incorporates.
You will need to have working speakers or headphones.

I don’t have a printer; can I save my certificate or the resources to print later?

Yes you can save them. Do this by using the inbuilt function on your internet browser (i.e. chrome, safari, edge or firefox). Choose ‘save page as’ from the file menu and save it to your machine. Alternatively use the pdf download icon on the top right of your browser window, if supported by your browser.

How long will I be able to access the course for after registration?

You will be able to access the course for one month after registration. After that period you will need to register for the course again, using another purchase code or by paying online. If you have any difficulties with registration please contact us.


Dysphagia Care Training