Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource now live - elearning for healthcare
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Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource now live

Alex Drinkall, 21 July 2020

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with 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 to develop the Dysphagia Guide elearning resource for those working with people living with dysphagia.

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

The resource, which was co-developed with care home staff and is relevant to others in the health and care workforce, informal carers and people with dysphagia themselves, 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. This resource is also a useful guide for managers in policy and workforce development.

The Dysphagia Guide elearning resource, which has been adapted by HEE elfh, is made up of five sessions that cover the following topics:

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

For more information about the elearning resource, including access details, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dysphagia/.

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