Teleswallowing is an innovative use of telehealth enabling Speech Language Therapists to rapidly and accurately assess a person’s ability to swallow remotely, without the need for face-to-face assessments, by providing training for individuals, carers, healthcare professionals, care homes, Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
Training Pack 1
- Becoming a Teleswallowing Partner and Digital Practitioner
- Designed to enable healthcare professionals assist the individual engage with the swallowing assessment allowing the delivery of the swallowing assessment by the remote assessor
- Step-by-step guide to assisting with a remote assessment as a PDF and as a white label Word document that can be altered to suit your local procedures
Training Pack 2
- Eating Drinking and Swallowing Interactive Training
- This package addresses the need for individuals, carers, volunteers and staff groups to receive knowledge and skills to identify, assist and deliver care to individuals with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
- Downloadable Guide
Teleswallowing has been proven to enhance the use of limited NHS resources by reducing costs, saving time, improving productivity, increasing capacity and enhancing quality of care.
During the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Teleswallowing is needed now more than ever before.
By facilitating the remote assessment of dysphagia you can reduce waiting lists and provide care at the point of need.
Teleswallowing is aligned to the EDSCF.
Dr Liz Boaden is the lead author of the EDSCF and is the co-creator of Teleswallowing. TS is an assessable competency framework identifying the knowledge, skills, confidence and ability of individuals who form part of the care team. It allows them to contribute more effectively in the identification of people with, and in the management of, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). It can be applied to all client and age groups in a variety of locations across the UK: primary and secondary healthcare, social care sector and education.
Teleswallowing Benefits All Stakeholders
From Speech Language Therapists to individuals with dysphagia.
Speech Language Therapists
SLTs benefit from long term time savings, shorter waiting lists and better quality of service with no loss of rapport with individuals and no reduction in diagnostic accuracy.
ICS and PCNs benefit from long term cost savings, reduction in hospital admissions, shorter waiting lists and better quality of service to care homes and their residents.
Care homes gain prestige from demonstrating they use state of the art technology to improve the quality of care for their residents and enjoy better quality of service from Speech Language Therapists.
People With Dysphagia
People with dysphagia benefit from shorter waiting times, less deterioration in health due to delay, less stress, convenience and better quality of life.
Our Training is Committed to Helping People in Need
The appropriate training of carers is essential to the successful implementation of remote assessments and reducing the overall risk. Properly trained carers can adequately assist the SLT during the assessment.
The remote assessment of dysphagia is recommended by NHS England, NHS Improvement, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to protect Speech and Language Therapists and vulnerable people from infection.
Our training is written and delivered by Dr Liz Boaden, Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, who has 30 years’ experience delivering dysphagia training on the internationally-renowned Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course.