Current Issues in Dysphagia Practice
Current Issues in Dysphagia Practice

Current Issues in Dysphagia Practice

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Stirling Court Hotel and Conference Centre

University of Stirling

Airthrey Road

Stirling, United Kingdom

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Thanks to Nutricia sponsorship, this year's Scotland Dysphagia CEN is delighted to host a range of stimulating topics by expert speakers in a modern conference venue, and at a very low cost to attendees. All professionals working in the field of dysphagia are welcome to attend. Please refer to the draft timetable below, which may be subject to slight modification.


08:45-09:25 Registration and coffee

09:25-09:30:  Welcome and Introduction – Tracy Lazenby-Paterson, Chair, Scotland SLT Dysphagia CEN

09:30-11:00:  A safer coordinated care pathway for risk feeding- Helen Sampson, Acute Lead Speech and Language Therapist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

11:00-11:40: Coffee, networking and exhibits (exhibits include preparation and samples of non-alcoholic pre-thickened cocktails, Nutricia exhibits and samples, Eating and Drinking Talking Mats for people with dementia)

11:40-13:00: A safer coordinated care pathway for risk feeding (continued)

13:00- 14:00 Lunch, networking and Nutricia exhibits

14:00-14:45: Working in partnership to improve dysphagia outcomes in head and neck cancer - Dr. Justin Roe, Clinical Service Lead - Speech & Language Therapy (Airway/ Ear, Nose and Throat Service) Charing Cross Hospital, London and Joint Head of Speech & Language Therapy, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

14:45-15:30:  Eosinophilic oesophagitis- a dysphagia dilemma? - Dr Peter Gillett, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, RHSC, Edinburgh

15:30-16:15:  Tube feeding in patients with stroke – Professor Martin Dennis, Consultant Stroke Physician, Head of the Brain Vascular Disease section and Chair of Stroke Medicine, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

16:15 Questions

16:30 Close


Do I need to be a CEN member to attend the event? The CEN no longer requires membership, so membership is not required. Any interested professional working in the field of dysphagia can attend.

How do I videoconference? 

Unfortunately, we are only funded to cover three VC sites for this event: Inverness, Aberdeen and Stornoway. If you are within travelling distance from any of these locations, and wish to attend one of these sites, please contact us at before registering, and we put you in touch with the VC providers. Some of the VC sites are seeking larger venues to accommodate those travelling from outwith their immediate area.

How do I get to the Stirling Court Hotel?

For information and directions by car or public transport, please visit

Please consider your travel arrangements to avoid arriving late or leaving early, as previous feedback has suggested this can be disruptive for speakers and other delegates. We are aware that under exceptional circumstances, late arrival/early departure may be required.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

On the Tickets page, you can send a message to the organiser by selecting the "Contact the Organiser" button. You can also email us directly at Please note that we do not check the email account every day.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You can update the information on your order (like name, email address, or answers to the organiser's questions) by clicking your order on the Tickets page. Tickets are transferrable provided that you have updated this information and the name on the ticket matches the attendee. Also, if you entered a typo for your email, you can easily log in with the typo'd email address and password to update the email address on your Eventbrite account. If you don't recall the typo'd email address, you'll want to reach out to the event organiser for assistance.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued in the event you are unable to attend.

Will handouts be provided?

To reduce waste, handouts will not be provided on the day. PDFs of any slides may be provided after the event at the discretion of the presenters. Delegates will be notified if any slides will be made available.


Speaker biographies (in order of presentation):

Ms Helen Sampson- Helen qualified with a MSc in Speech Sciences at UCL in 2004 and has since undertaken further studies at Kings College London in Thought Leadership and more recently in Professional and Organisational Change. Her studies have examined the provision of communication support to patients in intensive care, and setting up a FEES service.  Helen has been working with an acute caseload for 11 years, and is currently the Lead Speech and Language Therapist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. Her special interest is in clinical education and competencies within Speech and Language Therapy and the wider team. Helen has devised and provided rolling training programmes on dysphagia, the SLT role with critical care patients and risk feeding for a range of acute care colleagues including multidisciplinary tracheostomy study days, Core Medical Training, Critical Care teams and Governance groups.    

Dr Justin Roe- Justin has worked at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust since 2008. He completed his masters in dysphagia research at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005. He was awarded his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in London in 2013 researching the impact of intensity-modulated radiation therapy on swallowing outcomes. Justin is an RCSLT Clinical Speciality Advisor in head and neck oncology and palliative care and chairs the Head and Neck Oncology Clinical Excellence Network (South of England). He sits on the scientific committees of the United Kingdom Swallowing Research Group (UKSRG) and the swallowing committee for the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) convention.

Justin’s academic interests are to understand the rehabilitation needs of patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer as well as the wider rehabilitation needs of people diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He is co-investigator and lead SLT for a Cancer Research UK-funded, phase 3 radiation oncology trial (DARS) and is currently leading a study evaluating the rehabilitation needs of patients with advanced lung cancer. He has published several peer-reviewed papers on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care and ethics. He continues to be an active clinician working at the Marsden where he also manages the Speech and Language Therapy service.

Dr Peter Gillett- Peter is a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. His training was in Newcastle and Edinburgh and the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver between 1997 and 1999. His interests are coeliac disease, upper GI disorders (primarily gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and H pylori), endoscopy and constipation and its improved management. He has a special interest in GI problems in neurodevelopmental disorders and is a Specialist Advisor in Gastroenterology to the Cornelia de Lange Society (CdLS) and the CdLS World Federation.

Professor Martin DennisMartin trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London, qualifying in 1980, his MD thesis on "Transient Ischaemic Attacks in the Community". He moved to Edinburgh in 1990 as Senior Lecturer, and to develop a stroke service. Martin established the Scottish Stroke Care Audit, helped to set up the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) and is Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Stroke in Scotland and Lead clinician for the Managed Clinical Network for Stroke in Lothian.

Martin also runs a programme of research aiming to help detect, prevent and treat the complications of stroke more effectively. He has completed large international studies to establish the best ways of feeding patients after a stroke and also how to reduce their risk of developing blood clots in their legs. His research interests have focused on the organisation and evaluation of stroke services, predicting the prognosis of stroke and the management of post stroke problems. 

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