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Intermediate Dysphagia

This is a Masters level module equating to 15 M level credits. It is a Workforce Development (WFD/LBR) course designed to develop the knowledge and skills of band 5 therapists or therapists new to Dysphagia work.

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Overview

The module will allow students to move from carrying out protocol-guided dysphagia assessments and therapy to being able to independently assess clients using a range of methods and to plan, carry out and evaluate individualised client-centred dysphagia treatment packages with clients with a range of aetiologies.

There are a maximum of 15 places on this course, a proportion of which are reserved for local therapists who are Workforce Development (WFD/LBR) funded. If qualified Speech and Language Therapists meet the pre-requisites they can apply. The fee for this course is currently £625.

Normal fees apply, except for therapists working for the East Midlands NHS where these are waived if this is part of an approved staff development plan; this is due to funding from the Workforce Development (WFD/LBR) contract in this area.

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Attendance Dates:

  • 9, 10 and 11 November 2020
  • 19 and 20 April 2021

Course will run on these dates subject to sufficient student numbers

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: Students can apply to study at DMU directly using our direct application form.

 


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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

  • A degree in Speech and Language Therapy and a minimum of six months as a Band 5 therapist. Clinical experience including implementing protocol - guided dysphagia assessments and treatment.
  • Observation of a minimum of 5 dysphagia cases being assessed.
  • Familiarity with local dysphagia policies and protocols.
  • Clinical practice mentor to have been identified within own service. (Normally band 7/8).

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

 

Course modules

There are two streams to this module - adult neurology and adults with learning disabilities. Much of the teaching and learning is done as a whole group as it is applicable to all but some teaching is split for the different streams. Case examples will be used from both client groups throughout.

The main components of the module are:

  • A theoretical understanding of dysphagia, its presentations and variations with different aetiologies within adult neurology/adults with learning disabilities
  • An understanding of the impact dysphagia has on a person’s life and the importance of a client-centred approach
  • An investigation into the evidence base for a variety of assessment and treatment methods
  • A consideration of the importance of contributing factors and the role of the MDT
  • Case-based work - interpreting assessment results and planning individual treatment packages for a range of clients
  • A theoretical understanding of management differences for dysphagia caused by a range of aetiologies and within a range of settings with examples of the clinical application
  • Discussion of more complex cases including tracheostomy, complex needs, ethics and end of life care

Teaching and assessment

The module consists of five days of University-based teaching and learning. The first part takes place in the November and the second part in the following April.

 

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The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

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On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

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Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.

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NHS funding

Normal fees apply, except for therapists working for the East Midlands NHS where these are waived if this is part of an approved staff development plan; this is due to funding from the Workforce Development (WFD/LBR) contract in this area.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open events.

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