Post Basic Dysphagia Course



The purpose of this course is to train Speech & Language Therapists to work independently with a dysphagia caseload.  This is a practical course which focuses on clinical competence

Learning Outcomes

  • To enable the clinician to assess, diagnose and manage dysphagic individuals independently.
  • To give an understanding of the normal swallow and its development.
  • To present an overview of the assessment of dysphagia in different client groups.
  • To give an introduction to videofluoroscopy.
  • To give an overview of the remediation of dysphagia.
  • To consider a range of formal and informal treatment strategies for dysphagic individuals.
  • To discuss a range of management issues.
  • To consider the role of other professionals in the management of dysphagia.
  • To consider psychosocial aspects of management.
  • To discuss ethical and legal issues relating to dysphagia policies and practice.
  • To brief participants on the practical component, assessments and examinations.



Qualified Speech & Language Therapists employed in Northern Ireland, who have some basic knowledge, prior experience, or be working with appropriate client groups (e.g. adults, paediatric or ALD) with dysphagia.


An intensive Theoretical Week comprising five full consecutive days of interactive lectures, video presentations, practical workshops and facilitated discussion groups conducted by experienced dysphagia therapists and expert external speakers

Following attendance at the Theoretical Week, students are required to:

  1. Compile a Case Study of between 3,000 to 5,000 words pertaining to their case load by the Examination Day.
  2. Compile a Log of Hours by the Examination Day
  3. Undertake a written examination on the Examination Day (date to be confirmed)


A six month Supervisory Period conducted at the student’s normal place or work or any other location(s) that is/are convenient for the student and their supervisor(s)

NB: Students must identify an experienced dysphagia practitioner as their supervisor. Students may change supervisors during the Supervisory Period and may have more than one supervisor.

The supervisor(s) should:

1. Have dysphagia as a recognised part of their caseload.
2. Have attended dysphagia training courses or acquired specialist expertise over time.
3. Normally maintain regular contact with a dysphagia caseload.
4. Be a registered member of a professional body or have appropriate insurance.

Places will not be allocated until after the closing date.  You will be informed of the outcome of your application via email.

Course tutors: Liz Boaden and Jo Marks, Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia


Key Areas to be Covered

The Theoretical Week aims to deliver the theoretical component underpinning the Specialist Dysphagia Practitioner level identified by the Interprofessional Dysphagia Framework.



Please note you will be informed in advance if there is a direct cost to you or your organisation for your attendance at this programme.

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