Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Receive delegation and gather information.
- Obtain written or verbal delegation for an allied health activity from the allied health professional.
- Obtain information from speech pathologist or delegating allied health professional, according to organisational policy and procedures.
- Discuss and confirm with delegating speech pathologist need for interpreter and treatment requirements.
- Deliver therapeutic program as delegated by speech pathologist.
- Ensure consent is obtained from the individual, or a third party where applicable.
- Confirm the therapeutic outcomes defined in the program with the person and the speech pathologist.
- Provide mealtime assistance to person, as delegated by the speech pathologist, including positioning and strategies to support swallowing and maximum level of independence of eating and drinking.
- Prepare texture modified foods and fluids as delegated by the speech pathologist and in accordance with organisational procedures.
- Use motivators that reflect age and communication ability of the person.
- Provide the person time, opportunity and encouragement to practise existing and newly developed skills.
- Support the person during assessment of swallowing, performed by the delegating speech pathologist.
- Deliver supplementary treatment programs
as delegated by the speech pathologist.
- Monitor management of dysphagia with speech pathologist and care team.
- Identify and record areas of positive progress and success and specific difficulties with the delegated speech pathologist, care team and the individual.
- Provide feedback and advice provided by the care team about the person’s approach and ability to manage their dysphagia.
- Reinforce the benefits of continuing to practice and develop skills and knowledge for dysphagia management.
- Identify adverse reactions or events associated with dysphagia and escalate according to organisational procedures.
- Comply with supervisory requirements.
- Consult with delegated speech pathologist when additional information is required.
- Seek assistance when person presents with needs or signs outside limits of own scope of role, skills or knowledge.
- Report persons difficulties to the delegating speech pathologist before continuing the program.
- Participate in supervision processes with the delegating speech pathologist in accordance with organisational procedures.
- Document persons information.
- Document information relating to the rehabilitation program in line with organisational requirements.
- Provide regular feedback to the delegating speech pathologist.
- Use professional terminology to document symptomatic expression of identified problems related to the rehabilitation program.