Dysphagia

In 2020 the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network launched the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Dysphagia Network. The network was formed out of analysis of North East and North Cumbria LeDeR reviews which concluded that deaths related to aspiration pneumonia and dysphagia were a recurring theme requiring further understanding and a region wide programme of work to improve quality, reduce variation and ultimately save lives.

The group meet 6 weekly and have a range of stakeholders from across different services with an interest in dysphagia and learning disability.

Our 2022/23 work plan will focus on:

  • Development and implementation of the Learning Disability Diamond Standard Dysphagia Pathways for the following stakeholders:
    • Primary Care
    • Acute Care
    • Specialist Care
    • Social Care
    • Education
    • Families and non paid carers
  • Development of an online resource to support raising awareness of the Learning Disability Diamond Standard Dysphagia Pathways and supporting guidance, education and resources around:
    • Oral health
    • Identifying dysphagia
    • Risk factors
    • Education and resources aimed at professionals across all Health & Care settings
    • Education and resources aimed at families and non paid carers
  • Regular networking, sharing of best practice and communication with wider stakeholders