Dysphagia Care Provision.


This course has been designed to provide learners with in-depth information on the new IDDSI Framework, as well as important background information on dysphagia, its prevalence and signs, and how to follow a Speech and Language Therapist’s recommendations.

The IDDSI Framework is a global initiative that is being introduced in Ireland and around the world currently.

Dysphagia Training Dublin

This is to to allow every care setting to use identical terminology to describe modified food and drinks. Where previous terms such as Grades, Textures, or Stages were used, the IDDSI term Levels will be used instead. It is important that all nurses, care staff, and catering and dining staff are familiar with this new terminology.

This training course covers the IDDSI Framework in detail, explaining each food and fluid consistency level with video, audio, and text descriptions. It is ideal for nurses, care staff, and catering and dining staff, and is accredited both in Ireland and in Australia. Completion of this course will give care providers the skills and confidence to provide safe dysphagia care in the context of the IDDSI Framework.

The training is completed online, over a course of 14 key modules followed by an assessment piece. It offers a range of useful and practical information in relation to dysphagia, as well as printable handouts throughout for future reference and learning consolidation. The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify dysphagia, and know when to refer for assessment
  • Explain the swallow assessment process
  • Recognise and use the IDDSI Framework levels
  • Be able to follow safe swallow recommendations
  • Understand safe feeding practices for assisted feeding
  • Enhance the mealtime experience for the person with dysphagia

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction

  • Aims and Objectives
  • Meet the course presenters

Module 2: The Normal Swallow

  • The 4 phases of the swallow

Module 3: Statistics

  • Prevalence and incidence of dysphagia

Module 4: Consequences of Dysphagia

  • The impact of dysphagia

Module 5: Signs of Dysphagia

  • How to identify dysphagia

Module 6: Swallow assessment

  • How the swallow is assessed

Module 7: Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations

  • Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations

Modules 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: The IDDSI Framework

  • The IDDSI Framework
  • The IDDSI Flow test
  • Individual IDDSI levels
  • IDDSI testing methods
  • How to thicken fluids
  • Transitional foods

Module 13: Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations (part 2)

  • Additional SLT recommendations

Modules 14, 15: The mealtime environment

  • Safe feeding practices
  • Enhancing the mealtime experience

Module 16: Adult Intellectual Disability (optional)

  • Specific information for working with this client group

Module 17: Medication

  • How medications affect the swallow
  • Difficulty taking tablets

Module 18: Oral care

  • Tips to address dry mouth



On completion of the course, learners are required to complete an end of course assessment consisting of 10 multiple choice style questions.  You must achieve 80% in this assessment in order to successfully complete the course.


Your Dysphagia Care certificate, which is valid for 2 years, will be issued to you on successful completion of the assessment, for download and printing.

Benefits of Dysphagia Training

The aim of the course is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and training to provide safe dysphagia care within the context of the IDDSI Framework. This will reduce the risk of adverse incidents such as aspiration and choking, as well as contribute to the overall quality of life and mealtime experience of those with dysphagia.