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Are you clear about IDDSI and Dysphagia?

15 Jul 2019

Innovative ways to support the wider healthcare industry

IDDSI and Dysphagia cookery schools – Now you can sign up for a place on our ‘Pop-up’ cookery classes for dysphagia diets using IDDSI

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Oak House Kitchen is developing a strong brand and reputation within health and social care as the training providers of choice on the subject of IDDSI and dysphagia. Our extensive knowledge of developing catering teams and operations give our customers the peace of mind that our solutions work in the real world within the restrictions of the sector.

IDDSI and Dysphagia

Although dysphagia is only one of a number of health care catering subjects that we specialise in, the UK’s implementation of the IDDSI Framework for dysphagia diets, over the last year, has put our IDDSI and dysphagia training to the front and centre.

Well established businesses and organisations have come to us over the past couple of years to bring the essential knowledge needed to train catering and care staff so they can safely manage this large and vulnerable population.

As well as knowing our industry expertise,  our customers know that our close relationship with IDDSI means that the information they are getting is accurate and up to date. We have developed our understanding of the Framework directly with IDDSI and have subsequently been involved with their global webinar series, presented at their UK Congress and we are judging, for the second year, the #IDDSIChallenge2019 competition.

This relationship with IDDSI has brought us a deep understanding of the IDDSI Levels and of how to make food and drinks that comply for safety. We take this responsibility further to ensure the food and drinks made for dysphagia diets are appetizing, nutritious and delicious too!

Implementing IDDSI in the UK

Unfortunately there has been a misunderstanding during the implementation phase, here in the UK, that has brought the belief that the transition to the IDDSI Framework is predominately a terminology change. You can see an explanation of this in a recent BLOG we released. There are many pictures, videos and ‘training’ sessions available on the internet, that do not reflect the new IDDSI Levels for food.  This poses a serious safety risk to people in need of food and drinks with these safe characteristics both in the short and long term.

Educating the industry

Our position has led to industry trust and we are supporting  businesses and organisations. We support Premier Foods, Bidfood, CareUK, Hampshire CC and HB Ingredients and many more. We also supported in the development and roll out of the new industry course – Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering.

What do you need to know about IDDSI and dysphagia?

What follows is a short list of key points:

  • Globally 560 million people have dysphagia
  • Between 50-75% of nursing home residents have dysphagia in the UK
  • As of 1st April, in the UK, people with dysphagia are being recommended a food and drink IDDSI Level, by the speech and language therapist team, where texture modification is appropriate.
  • The RCSLT and BDA have endorsed this decision.
  • Food and drinks suitable for the IDDSI Framework have objective testing methods associated with them to reduce risk
  • The risks associated with dysphagia are choking, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, and dehydration. All of with increase the chances of hospitalisation and death.
  • Our responsibilities within the health and social care sector demands that we provide care that: Meets nutrition and hydration needs; Safe care and treatment; Person centred care; and Dignity and respect.

Great relationships

Working with these businesses and organisations it has been great. Seeing the passion the people that work in the sector have for improving the quality of lives is inspiring.

Are you a large organisation or a single site operation? You can now get practical training for your teams through our ‘Pop-up’ cookery school. You can find dates and venues around the UK by clicking HERE.

We offer an range of different levels of awareness and training for dysphagia. Details can be found on our training page at Oak House Kitchen.

We also offer in depth eLearning for managing dysphagia as well as role specific courses for carers and caterers. View our courses HERE

This issue is only going to get larger. By having a well trained, knowledgeable workforce, we can reduce risk and improve lives.