Dysphagia Training

The purpose of this dysphagia training course is to increase understanding and awareness of dysphagia and typical swallowing issues.

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The purpose of this dysphagia training course is to increase understanding and awareness of dysphagia and typical swallowing issues.

Your employees will be trained on how to lessen the chance of choking as well as the typical reasons of swallowing issues.

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Dysphagia Training FAQs

We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it’s within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in UK if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practical.

We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided. Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.
This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

Dysphagia Training Course

Dysphagia, often known as trouble swallowing, is a common illness that, if undetected or mistreated, can result in major health issues. This training program on dysphagia offers the necessary skills to recognize, evaluate, and treat dysphagia effectively. Raising awareness of dysphagia is crucial to supporting those who are affected by the illness.

The purpose of this dysphagia training course is to increase understanding and awareness of dysphagia and typical swallowing issues.

Your employees will be trained on how to lessen the chance of choking as well as the typical reasons of swallowing issues.

Any staff member who works with people who have trouble swallowing must complete this training.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: No

Who Should Attend the Dysphagia Training:

  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Caregivers and support staff.
  • Anyone interested in dysphagia awareness.

Course Outline: Dysphagia Training

The Dysphagia Training course aims to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and manage swallowing difficulties in individuals.

Participants will gain a good understanding of dysphagia, its causes, and the appropriate interventions to ensure safe and effective swallowing.


Module 1: Understanding Dysphagia

In this module, you’ll grasp the fundamentals of dysphagia. You’ll learn what causes dysphagia, recognize its symptoms, and understand the potential complications it can lead to.

  • Causes, symptoms, and complications of dysphagia.

Module 2: Impact on Individuals

Module 2 delves into how dysphagia affects individuals. We’ll explore its physical, psychological, and social impacts to give you a holistic view.

  • Physical, psychological, and social effects of dysphagia.

Module 3: Identifying Risks

Discover how to spot the risk factors that make some individuals more susceptible to dysphagia. We’ll teach you how to identify those at risk.

  • Recognizing risk factors for dysphagia.
  • Identifying at-risk individuals.

Module 4: Assessment and Reporting

This module is all about practical skills. You’ll learn how to assess, monitor, and report signs of dysphagia effectively.

  • How to assess, monitor, and report dysphagia signs.

Module 5: Intervention Strategies

Explore the strategies used to support individuals with dysphagia. We’ll discuss and demonstrate various intervention methods.

  • Discussing and demonstrating intervention methods.

Module 6: Safe Feeding Techniques

Here, we’ll focus on hands-on skills. You’ll understand and practice safe feeding techniques for individuals with dysphagia.

  • Hands-on practice of safe feeding techniques.

Module 7: Multidisciplinary Approach

The final module explains the importance of teamwork. You’ll learn about the role of multidisciplinary teams in dysphagia management and develop collaboration skills.

  • Role of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Developing effective collaboration skills.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the dysphagia training course, you will be able to:

  1. Define dysphagia, explain its causes and common symptoms, and discuss its potential effects on individuals. 2 .Describe the impact of dysphagia on individuals’ physical, psychological, and social wellbeing.
  2. Understand the risk factors for dysphagia and be able to identify at-risk individuals in a healthcare or social care
  3. Assess, monitor, and report signs of dysphagia in a timely and accurate
  4. Apply suitable intervention strategies for individuals with dysphagia, including dietary modifications, swallowing techniques, and referral to relevant professionals (such as speech and language therapists) when
  5. Demonstrate understanding of safe feeding techniques to prevent aspiration and choking in individuals with
  6. Understand the role of multi-disciplinary teams in managing dysphagia and effectively collaborate with team

Dysphagia Awareness Certification:

Upon course completion, participants will receive a Dysphagia Awareness Training Certificate (Level 2).

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Will attending this training make me competent?

A: To put it briefly, no. You cannot gain complete competency with a classroom-based training program; be extremely skeptical of anyone who makes such a claim. Our in-class evaluations are intended to close the knowledge gap between classroom instruction and workplace readiness. We will make sure you have access to the appropriate workbooks and competency proformas, which must be completed and signed off on in accordance with your local policy at work.

Q: Who will conduct the training?

A: One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Questions and Answers 

What is dysphagia awareness?

Dysphagia awareness is about understanding and recognising the condition called dysphagia, which is difficulty swallowing.

It involves knowing its symptoms, causes, and how it affects individuals, so people can provide better support and care to those who have it.

What is dysphagia training level 2?

Dysphagia level 2 training teaches healthcare assistants and support workers about swallowing problems. It helps them spot issues and give basic help to patients.

The training covers:

  • What dysphagia is – trouble swallowing food or drink
  • Signs someone might have problems swallowing
  • Ways to check if a patient has swallowing difficulties
  • How to feed and position someone safely to avoid choking
  • Working with other staff like speech therapists to manage dysphagia

Q: What triggers dysphagia?

Dysphagia can be triggered by various factors such as neurological conditions, stroke, cancer, muscle weakness.

It can also result from ageing or certain medications.

Is dysphagia a red flag?

Yes, dysphagia can be a red flag because it might indicate an underlying medical issue.

If someone experiences difficulty swallowing, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for evaluation and appropriate care.

Is dysphagia a mental illness?

No, dysphagia is not a mental illness.

It is a physical condition characterized by difficulty swallowing food, liquids, or saliva due to problems with the swallowing process.

What is dysphagia level 2 training?

Dysphagia level 2 training typically refers to a specific level of training for healthcare professionals and caregivers on managing and assisting individuals with moderate dysphagia.

It includes techniques for safe feeding and dietary modifications.

What is the patient education for dysphagia?

Patient education for dysphagia involves providing information and guidance to individuals with swallowing difficulties.

It helps them understand their condition, dietary restrictions, and strategies to manage their dysphagia effectively.

What is a Level 2 chopped or minced diet?

A Level 2 chopped or minced diet is a specific dietary modification for individuals with dysphagia. It involves preparing solid foods in a way that makes them easier to chew and swallow.

Foods are chopped into small, manageable pieces to reduce the risk of choking.

What are level 2 liquids for dysphagia?

Level 2 liquids for dysphagia are liquids with a specific thickness and consistency that make them easier for individuals with dysphagia to swallow safely.

These liquids are typically thicker than regular fluids but not as thick as Level 3 liquids.

Where do I go if I have dysphagia?

If you think you have dysphagia, the first step is to see your doctor or GP. They can evaluate your condition, determine its severity, and refer you to specialists if needed, such as speech therapists or gastroenterologists, for further assessment and treatment.

What are the 4 stages of dysphagia?

Dysphagia is often categorized into different stages to describe its severity:

  • Mild Dysphagia: In this stage, swallowing difficulties are relatively minor and may only occur occasionally.
  • Moderate Dysphagia: Swallowing problems are more noticeable and frequent, requiring some dietary changes.
  • Severe Dysphagia: Swallowing is significantly impaired, and individuals may need special diets or feeding tubes.
  • Profound Dysphagia: This is the most severe stage, where individuals are unable to swallow safely.

Is dysphagia considered a disability?

When dysphagia substantially hinders swallowing and day-to-day functioning, it might be classified as a handicap.
If dysphagia significantly interferes with important living activities such as eating, drinking, and interacting with others during meals, it may be considered a disability under law.
Acknowledging dysphagia as a handicap permits modifications and protections that enhance quality of life.