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The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism

Enabling the health and social care workforce to better support people with a learning disability and autistic people

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism has been co-produced, trialled, independently evaluated and will be co-delivered by trainers with lived experience of learning disability and autism. In July the Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a requirement that CQC regulated service providers must ensure their staff receive training on learning disability and autism which is appropriate to the person’s role. It’s named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training.

The training is delivered in one of two Tiers. It’s the employers’ responsibility to ensure their staff have the appropriate training for their roles and they will need to advise staff on whether they should complete Tier 1 or Tier 2.

Tier 1 and Tier 2

Tier 1 of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is for people who require general awareness of the support autistic people or people with a learning disability may need. The tier 1 training structure includes eLearning and the 1 hour online interactive session co-delivered by a person with a learning disability and an autistic person along with a facilitator.

Tier 2 of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is for people who may need to provide care and support for autistic people or people with a learning disability.  The Tier 2 training structure includes the eLearning and 1 day face to face training co-delivered a person with a learning disability and an autistic person and trainer.

eLearning

We would recommend waiting to complete the eLearning until all of the tier one and tier two is available in Spring 2023.

The eLearning package is now live on the eLearning for healthcare website (eLfH). The eLearning session has been co-created and delivered with experts by experience. The content of the eLearning session is mapped to the Tier 1 learning outcomes of the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People and the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability. It should take you one hour and 30 minutes to complete. In order to receive a certificate, you will be asked to complete both the pre- and post-eLearning surveys. Each survey should take between 5–10 minutes to complete.

eLearning session covers:

  • Section 1 – Introduction
  • Section 2 – Understanding learning disability
  • Section 3 – Understanding autism
  • Section 4 – Communication
  • Section 5 – Reasonable adjustments
  • Section 6 – Summary

How to create an account for eLfH

You will have to register with eLfH to access the eLearning training. You will be asked to enter an email address and provide details about your current role and workplace location. Support is available with step-by-step guides and videos.

Timeline

The trainers’ training and the final The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training package will be ready in early 2023. Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) are working to develop the trainers and co-trainers they need to deliver the second, interactive, part of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism.

  • W/C 31 October 2022- Launch elearning for Tier 1 and Tier 2
  • 2022/23- Recruitment of trainers and train the trainer across regions and ICBs commences
  • Early 2023- Code of Practice Consultation Commences
  • Spring 2023- Online interactive sessions (Tier 1) and face to face training (Tier 2) commences
  • Autumn 2023- Code of Practice Launch

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