"A fabulous course!!" … “I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to work in this field” … “excellent course” … “brilliant course” … “fantastic course” … “essential course” … “great course” … “informative, dynamic and fun” … “very informative and enjoyable” … “not only have I learned a lot but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it” … “stimulating, informal and enjoyable” … “I really enjoyed the course” ... “excellent - informative and comprehensive” … “informative, practical, evidence-based training” … “hugely beneficial” … “easy to digest” … “very clear” … “very thorough without being overwhelming” ... “would recommend the course” … "The course is also well esteemed amongst other SLTs – important in terms of securing employment" ... "This course also provided intervention and management strategies which are sadly lacking at Uni and in many other courses" ... "not just for SLT’s, great course for nurses too!"

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Welcome to the Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course

This dysphagia training course was established in 1990 to address the need identified by the Speech & Language Therapy profession for registered post-qualification dysphagia courses.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to work independently with a dysphagia caseload. It is a practical course delivered by advanced clinical specialists and focuses on clinical competence. It is not an academic course and does not qualify for points towards a masters degree.

Some students have informed us that attending this course is a prerequisite to them obtaining employment.

The course content is constantly updated to keep pace with current dysphagia training practice.

The course covers paediatric, adult and adult with learning disabilities (ALD) dysphagia training but students can specialize in just one client group if they wish.

Initially administered by the Manchester Metropolitan University from it’s inception in 1990 until 2009, this dysphagia course has been administered by the Tutors independently since 2010.

The course was originally held annually but, due to demand, is now held twice a year in June and November.

People attend this dysphagia training course from all over the UK and also from abroad, particularly from Ireland, and recently from Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Falkland Islands, Greece, Slovenia and Switzerland.

We strive to ensure this dysphagia training is both informative and enjoyable, but don’t just take our word for it. You can read previous students’ comments about the course.

To find out more about the course, just click on the links on the right under Information for Applicants.


To apply for a place on the Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course click here.

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"This course was absolutely amazing - one of the best courses I have attended. Both Liz and Jo are brilliant: Vastly experienced, knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and witty tutors!

The course content was very well planned and thought out. The amount of theory could have been overwhelming but a range of teaching approaches (practical exercises, guest lecturers, videos and case discussions) coupled with good pacing ensured this didn’t happen. Liz and Jo’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject was infectious and made me keen to go off and learn more.

Questions and requests to revisit/recap theory were welcomed and encouraged by Liz and Jo. Nothing was too much trouble and they were both keen to ensure everyone understood.

Fantastic course and anyone who gets the opportunity to attend should - it’s a thoroughly enjoyable week!"

Rachel Barber, Speech and Language Therapist

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