Are you IDDSI ready?

Boaden, Elizabeth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4647-6392, Lightbody, Catherine Elizabeth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5016-3471 and Watkins, Caroline Leigh orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9403-3772 (2019) Are you IDDSI ready? British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 15 (1). ISSN 1747-0307

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The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) global framework was launched in November 2015. It was subsequently adopted by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the British Dietetic Association following expert review and professional membership consultation. In the UK, NHS England established an External IDDSI Reference Group comprising of stakeholders including professional, catering, industry and manufacturing representatives.
The IDDSI External reference Group have endorsed a UK Aware, Prepare, Adopt model of implementation and all manufacturers and all healthcare settings are anticipated to be fully IDDSI compliant by April 2019. This requires whole system change with a comprehensive training programme. Those providing and delivering food and drink to individuals with swallowing difficulties need to familiarise themselves with food and drink consistencies and their testing methods. Resources are available to assist local healthcare institutions with implementation of the framework at / /

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