HomeEvents UK IDDSI Festival - Sept 19th, 2024 & Pre-Festival IDDSI Master Class - Sept 18th, 2024

UK IDDSI Festival - Sept 19th, 2024 & Pre-Festival IDDSI Master Class - Sept 18th, 2024

Feb 18, 2024

The UK IDDSI Reference Group is proud to announce: The 4th IDDSI Festival!

Thursday 19th September 2024 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: KP Hall | Kenmore Avenue | Harrow | London | HA3 8LU
£55 + VAT (Including lunch, plentiful refreshments and certificate of attendance)

IDDSI UK Festival - 19th September 2024

This ever-popular event is an unbeatable opportunity for learning and engagement between healthcare professionals, care food and drink providers and manufacturers, and all those involved with dysphagia care. The interactive demonstrations and taster sessions demonstrate an extremely wide range of best practices using IDDSI in health and social care settings -something of benefit for any delegate.

This year’s festival theme is “A day in the life with dysphagia" covering all aspects of dysphagia care from oral hygiene and its impact on health (Dr Julie Gallagher), oral medication (Prof David Wright), daily life (Tim Dallinger, social care consultant) and case studies of best practice in day-long nutrition and hydration (Janne Schack, Rachael Masters, Niamh Condon, Oak House Kitchen) with special presentations including The Swallows head & neck cancer charity, and case studies from the Care Quality Commission and NHS acute care. 

The day includes:

  • Guest speaker presentations from healthcare leaders, culinary experts and senior industry figures,
  • Interactive workshops,
  • Exhibitions and product samples from more than a dozen specialist suppliers,
  • On-stage panel discussions.
These activities provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of dysphagia from multiple perspectives.

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New for 2024!

Spaces strictly limited. All previous events have sold out in advance so order your tickets now!

IDDSI Masterclass - 18th September 2024

Take a deep dive into IDDSI with our bespoke Masterclass. This hands-on educational event will provide an exclusive insight into IDDSI and the rationale behind the textures to support patient safety, focussing on the UK. This unique session is delivered by IDDSI Board members Peter Lam (RD) and Ben Hanson (PhD), with tuition from experts in kitchen science and logistics. A working lunch will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion with representatives of leaders in the industry. Get the knowledge and skills to improve the quality, reliability and efficiency of your dysphagia food service. 

Pre-Festival IDDSI Master Class
Wednesday 18th September 2024, 11:00am – 3:00pm
£199 + VAT (Including lunch, plentiful refreshments and certificate of attendance)
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the IDDSI framework philosophy and why certain food and drink consistencies may be safer for people with swallowing difficulties. 
  • Knowledge of the swallow process and how certain foods and drinks can be challenging to consume safely.  
  • Skills to identify high-risk textures that might be found in different ingredients. 
  • Understanding of how new products are innovated and brought to market by industry leaders.
  • Experience of studying IDDSI food and drink textures, including how textures can change over time under different conditions, e.g. from kitchen to bedside to fork. 
  • Knowledge and experience of using the IDDSI audit tools for rapid assessment.
  • Expertise in maintaining and correcting IDDSI food textures.
We are incredibly grateful to our generous and enthusiastic sponsors whose presence helps make the festivals so unique, active and effective:

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