A game-based training tool to support people caring for patients with swallowing difficulties has been launched this week.
NHS England has worked with clinical games developer Focus Active Learning to create the unique game-based training tool to help improve detection and management of dysphagia.
It is aimed primarily at frontline clinicians and support staff in hospitals, care homes and hospices. It features a board game for face-to-face engagement and an online version.
NHS England director of patient safety Dr Mike Durkin said: “Dysphagia is a condition that can affect people of all ages but is often poorly understood by healthcare workers.
“We hope that this new training aid will provide a practical tool to build knowledge about this condition and improve detection and management of dysphagia,” he said.
The launch of the game marks the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week, which begins today and is intended to improve awareness and understanding of the significance of good nutrition and hydration in health and social care environments.
- More information on the new training tool