Today the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism passed into law as part of the Health and Care Act 2022, following strong support by the Government to legislate for mandatory training across the health and care sectors.

Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism will educate and train health and social care staff, at the right level for their role, to provide better health and social care outcomes for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

On Thursday 17 March 2022, Baroness Sheila Hollins put forward an amendment to the Health and Care Bill in the House of Lords to pass the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training into law, which was supported by Peers and accepted by the Government.

This training will make a huge difference to people with a learning disability and autistic people with or without a learning disability, in accessing the help they need from the NHS and social care in a way that meets their needs effectively.

The training is named after 18-year-old Oliver McGowan, whose tragic death highlighted the need for health and social care staff to have better training and understanding in learning disabilities and autism. Gloucestershire Health and Care formed one of four national partners appointed to co-design and co-deliver the training as part of a national trial to develop a standardised training package.

Paula McGowan, OBE, and Tom McGowan, Oliver’s parents, said: “It is hugely significant that Oliver’s training is now mandated in law, ready to be rolled out from 2023 to 3.7 million staff working across health and social care settings. We would like to thank Baroness Hollins and the Government for working together to deliver the commitment made in the 2019 consultation ‘Right to be Heard’ to make Oliver’s training mandatory. This training will save lives and ensure Oliver’s legacy lives on in the delivery of better health and care services for millions of autistic people and people with a learning disability.”

You can read more about Oliver’s story and the training here>

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