Resources for healthcare professionals

Several resources and strategies are now becoming established, including:

  • guidelines for medicine administration to patients with swallowing difficulties46 47 and enteral feeding tubes33 47 48
  • healthcare professional handbook9
  • a dedicated website - www.swallowingdifficulties.com
  • simple discharge letters49

Prior to the responsibility for patient safety transferring to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority, the National Patient Safety Agency undertook a programme to raise awareness of the risks associated with dysphagia management – particularly for adults with learning disabilities – highlighting best practice and providing resource materials to give practical help32. (These materials are still available at the NPSA website).