This course focuses on the key aspects of the band c and d RCSLT dysphagia competencies: service delivery, critical clinical decision-making, risk management, interprofessional working and communication.
1 starting date
- Duration: 5 weeks (non-consecutive)
- Time: to
- Fees: £1,080 (£1,430 for overseas students)
- Course credits: 15
- Occurs: Wednesday
- Course code: HCM023
- Location: Online
- Application deadline:
Practical Management of Dysphagia course Course overview
This course, for experienced clinicians, will equip you with practical skills in dysphagia practice. It will support you to make clear clinical decisions and to continuously develop dysphagia care in your area of work.
You will be supported to utilise the evidence base in your day to day work and to develop creative solutions to difficult dysphagia scenarios. Developing effective networks in dysphagia management will also be facilitated through this course.
You may choose to use the learning and reflection as part of your evidence for the knowledge aspect of the RCSLT dysphagia competencies at B, C and D level.
Developing effective networks in dysphagia management will also be facilitated through this course.
Who is it for?
This course is designed for Speech and Language Therapists and health professionals with experience of working in the field of dysphagia disorders of eating and drinking.
This course comprises 5 full days in response to feedback on accessibility for busy, working clinicians who have sufficient clinical experience to reflect on.
It is essential that you attend the final day as this is when participants are expected to complete their assessment presentation.
May: Wednesday 10 and 24 May 2023
Jun: Wednesday 7 and 21 June 2023
Jul: Wednesday 12 July 2023
This course is linked to the RCSLT dysphagia competencies and will support you in self-evaluation and skill development.
This short course module is designed to be flexible in allowing you to study and reach your goals at your own pace. Our health CPD courses are credit-bearing modules that contribute to a University degree or award.
Transfer course credits towards postgraduate taught degree
As a health care professional, once you've completed this course you could offset 15 credits as part of a postgraduate programme, continuing your study with further modules to make up a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits or Master of Science (MSc) 180 credits qualification (all credits must be awarded within five years of study commencing).
This course is worth 15 credits
This course can be used a module, contributing to a University degree or award.
Find a list of degrees this module can contribute towards:
MSc Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Studies) - Master's degree
What will I learn?
This course bridges practical learning from your clinical practice with theory in order to synthesise learning and support your approach to dysphagia practice.
- Models of dysphagia service delivery and your/your service’s philosophy of care
- The relevance of risk to dysphagia management
- The role of outcome measures in your dysphagia service
- Multidisciplinary networks for dysphagia and their role in creating meaningful changes in practice
- Learning from reflection and critical incidents
- The role of leadership in dysphagia care.
Knowledge and understanding
- Assemble and collate relevant and current specialist knowledge of dysphagia assessment and management, drawing on clinical experience and the evidence base.
- Appraise the broader context of dysphagia provision and its influence on individual practice and client experience.
- Critically evaluate current dysphagia practices and propose creative solutions, drawing on the evidence base.
- Invent, develop and evaluate a range of resources for the continual improvement of dysphagia assessment and management.
- Construct effective inter-professional networks to promote high-quality dysphagia care.
Values and attitudes
- Plan and deliver compassionate person-centred dysphagia assessment and management
- Reflect on and review clinical practice openly and honestly, identifying and implementing outcomes to make positive change.
Assessment and certificates
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be blended throughout this course, including:
- practical workshops, adopting role play and working with service users and/or actors;
- independent study
This variety of teaching and learning methods is best suited to the practical nature of the course. This course has a range of expert guest lecturers who work in different clinical areas of specialism, across the lifespan and in different professions.
You will be assessed via a 20 minute verbal presentation and answers to questions from the audience (10 minutes). The presentation will relate the taught content of the course to relevant theoretical issues reported in the literature, and to practical issues experienced in your own area of work.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
Non-EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone course.
- A first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, or the Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- A current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body or equivalent
- At least two years' relevant clinical experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist, including some dysphagia experience or specialist experience of working with people with eating and drinking difficulties e.g. Home Enteral Dietician
- A satisfactory academic reference and/or a satisfactory clinical reference.
Although there is no placement requirement attached to this course, it is expected that students will be working or will have sufficient experience to which they can relate their learning from this course.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from a UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
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