Welcome to the Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course

… “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!” …

Click to read these testimonials in full


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 that 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, usually 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.

Click on the links on the right under Information For Applicants to find out more about the course.


Click here to apply for a place on the Manchester Post Basic Dysphagia Course.

Don’t Miss Out

Each course tends to get over-subscribed. So if you would like to be one of the first to know when new course dates are announced and new application forms are available, just enter your name and email in the form on the right hand side of this page and click “Keep Me Informed”. Then you (or your staff if you are a manager or an administrator) can get to the front of the queue!

Advanced Dysphagia Training

Please note that we do not run advanced dysphagia training courses.

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Places Available

As of today () there are 26 (out of 54) places available on the November 2016 course. If you would like to apply, please complete an application form.

The June 2016 course is full with 12 on the waiting list. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete an application form for the November 2016 course. You can indicate on that application form that you would like to be added to the June 2016 waiting list.
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