Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Difficulties - Dysphagia Awareness Training and Resources

Information and guidance on dysphagia to raise awareness of this condition and to help staff to improve the quality of their service when they are supporting people with an eating, drinking and swallowing difficulty.


Having an eating, drinking or swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) has serious implications for a person’s health and well-being with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations.

The quality of support provided for individuals with dysphagia who need modified diets and / or assistance is central to their health outcomes.  Health and social care workers need to have particular knowledge and skills to be able to provide safe care alongside specialist support from Speech and Language Therapists, GPs and other health professionals.

  • Information about the Regional Dysphagia Awareness digital learning resource and how to access this.
  • Information about the HSC and Publich Health Agency resources and links to these.
  • Information about the Social Care Council's Promoting Good Nutrition resource and how to access this - (this also includes a content on Dysphagia).

See also the HSC, Special Edition Learning Matters: Risk of serious harm or death from choking on foods, Issue 18, October 2021

If you need any help/support using this resource, please contact the Social Care Council. Click here to provide feedback.

Published: 10 January 2020.
Republished: 7 October 2021
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Dysphagia Awareness Training


This training has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and mapped to the Eating Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework

The training is accompanied by local resources and messaging developed by Dysphagia NI to raise awareness of dysphagia and signpost healthcare workers for specialist assessment. 

There are a number of ways of accessing the training depending on what sector or care setting that you work in.

If you work in statutory sector you can access this course directly from the HSC E-Learning platform 

If you work in a residential or nursing care home, your organisation/manager must first register staff with the HSC E-Learning platform. Click here to find out more. 

If you work in domiciliary care, supported living or day care, you can access the course from Health Education England.

This allows you to access the course without having to log in or register. (If you want to evidence your learning, you should follow the instructions provided by Health Education England - by scrolling down to see the "Register for an HEE e-LfH account" and following the instrcutions provided).

HSC and Public Health Agency Dysphagia Resources

Promoting Good Nutrition


Click here to access the Social Care Council digital resource - Promoting Good Nutrition.

This resource aims to support social care workers better understand what good nutrition is and how to support individuals who may be at risk of malnutrition and/or dehydration.