Dysphagia in Social Care

This Dysphagia course looks to explore and educate learners to understand what Dysphagia is and how it can occur as well as being able to identify signs, symptoms and problems caused by the condition to be able to promote safer eating and drinking for those individuals affected.

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 30 Study Minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 1 CPD Study Hour
  • CPD Certified

Course description

What is Dysphagia? Dysphagia is the term used to describe when a person has difficulties swallowing when drinking and eating. This short course has been created to help learners gain more awareness of this condition as well as gaining knowledge around how to help those suffering.

This 30-minute course can be used as an introduction or as refresher training to ensure that all learners have up to date knowledge of Dysphagia.

Learning Outcomes for this course include:

· Understand what Dysphagia is and how it occurs

· Be aware of the signs and symptoms of Dysphagia

· Be aware of problems caused by Dysphagia

· Promote safer eating and drinking for individuals


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


At the beginning of each module learners will be asked to answer a “knowledge check” question. Answering the question correctly will allow learners the opportunity to skip this section. However, if they wish to complete it anyway, they are still able to.

On completion of this course, learners will be able to print a Virtual College certificate. Learners must complete the course to obtain their certificate.


30 Study minutes to complete. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly learners can study and absorb the material.

Target Audience

This training is designed for care workers and support workers wanting to get a good understanding of what is required of them within their role as well as for anyone working in a Social Care setting wanting annual refresher training.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

You will learn

  • Explain what Dysphagia is and how it occurs
  • Identify signs and symptoms of Dysphagia are
  • Outline the problems caused by Dysphagia
  • Promote safer eating and drinking for individuals with dysphagia

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Care workers in residential/domiciliary settings, or support workers, wanting to get a good understanding of what is required of them within their role.
  • For anyone working in a Social Care setting wanting annual refresher training

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

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    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.