Resources for healthcare professionals

Several resources and strategies are now becoming established, including:

  • guidelines for medicine administration to patients with swallowing difficulties46 47 and enteral feeding tubes33 47 48
  • healthcare professional handbook9
  • a dedicated website -
  • simple discharge letters49

Prior to the responsibility for patient safety transferring to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority, the National Patient Safety Agency undertook a programme to raise awareness of the risks associated with dysphagia management – particularly for adults with learning disabilities – highlighting best practice and providing resource materials to give practical help32. (These materials are still available at the NPSA website).

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  • The NEWT Guidelines
  • Consensus guideline on the medication management of adults with swallowing difficulties.
  • British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)

    Administering drugs via enteral feeding tubes - A practical guide.

    Tube feeding and your medicines – A guide for patients and carers

    Drug administration via enteral feeding tubes - A guide for general practitioners and community pharmacists
  • Swallowing difficulties protocol: medication administration
  • Handbook of drug administration via enteral feeding tubes
  • Prescribing medicines for patients with dysphagia. A handbook for healthcare professionals.
  • Therapeutic options for patients unable to take solid oral dosage forms (UKMI)
  • Ensuring safer practice for adults with learning disabilities who have dysphagia – NPSA
  • Free online course - Swallowing difficulties and medicines. University of East Anglia and Future Learn.
  • Survey of medicines related care of residents with dysphagia in care homes – Patients Association