Do you or a member of your family suffer from swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)?

1st August 2019

If so the Public Health Agency need your help!

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the term used when a person has difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing. Dysphagia in adults is usually caused by another health condition, such as:

  • Conditions that affect the nervous system such as a stroke, head injury, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease
  • Cancer – such as mouth cancer or oesophageal cancer,
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – where stomach acid leaks back up into the oesophagus.

For further information on dysphagia, please follow the link below to the NI Direct website;

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/conditions/swallowing-problems-dysphagia

The Public Health Agency is working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Trusts, professional organisations and the independent sector to develop services and resources which will positively impact the outcomes of adults with dysphagia in Northern Ireland. These plans include;

  • Understanding the experience of living on dysphagia friendly foods.
  • Developing eating and drinking (swallowing) care plans for use with adults with dysphagia across all care settings.
  • Development of regional training proposal to support the learning needs of key groups of staff, families and carers working alongside adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are looking for a group of people across Northern Ireland who are willing to share their experiences and to work in partnership with us on the co- production and design of regional resources.

The idea is that you will attend workshops and meetings to make sure you have input into what we create……..your voice matters!

If you are interested in finding out more or signing up please contact Alison.mccusker@hscni.net