Developing a service for clients with dysphagia
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Developing a service for clients with dysphagia

Gail Pritchard Dysphagia nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales
Peter Jones Learning disability nurse and clinical governance co-ordinator, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales

Gail Pritchard and Peter Jones explain how a multidisciplinary framework can help practitioners manage people’s eating and drinking problems

People with learning disabilities and dysphagia need specialist support and advice to ensure that they eat and drink safely, and that communication problems are taken into account. This article explains how a multidisciplinary dysphagia team in North Wales referred to a framework with an integrated care pathway in improving the standard of care for adults with learning disabilities and dysphagia. The article also describes the screening tools the team used, and the training offered to professional staff and carers.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 1,32-35. doi: 10.7748/ldp2014.02.17.1.32.e1510

Correspondence

gail.pritchard@wales.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 October 2013

Accepted: 28 October 2013