I have extensive experience assessing, diagnosing and offering specialist advice on swallowing management. I completed post graduate Dysphagia training and was a Clinical Lead at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing are very varied in nature, and there are many causes, including:
It is important that you inform your GP immediately if you are having difficulties with swallowing.
An initial assessment. This is to build a picture of the swallowing difficulties being faced by the client. An overview of initial findings and preliminary recommendations will be provided where possible, including potential further therapy options.
Client centred goal setting.
Reviews to monitor progress.
Where appropriate: diet modification plans, techniques, strategies, exercises and therapy for swallowing
Education and support to you and the people helping you with eating and drinking and understanding dysphagia.
Evidence based techniques.
If you are having difficulty swallowing, it is important that I watch you have something to eat and drink. I may need to feel your swallow movement by placing my hand on your neck, I may need to listen to your swallow with a stethoscope.