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As the first phase of the Gloucestershire trial of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism comes to an end, Oliver’s mum Paula has this special message for everyone who has taken part in the pilot.

“As the training pilots have come to an end, I wanted to reach out to you and say a personal heart felt ‘thank you’.

“Because of you, people with learning disabilities and autistic people are reaching out to me, telling me that they are already seeing a difference in the way they are being treated in our health and social care settings. Because of you, it is clear that we are beginning to see a shift in culture, hearts and minds.

“Many of you will know that the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training will be placed in legislation. This cannot happen until we have had a full and complete evaluation from the pilots.

“I now need to ask every person who attended a pilot to please fill in the last and final survey which will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. (I promise that it will not be any longer than this.) The questions are very quick and easy to answer and the links to complete the survey for the training you undertook can be found here, or will have been sent directly to you. https://www.ndti.org.uk/assets/files/OMMT-survey-Dec-21.pdf

“Your valuable feedback will help shape and influence the final package of Oliver’s training. I hope you can see just how important and urgent this is.

“Once again, on behalf of Oliver and myself, thank you.”

Best wishes

Paula McGowan OBE


Interim evaluation report published

Independent Evaluator NDTi has published its interim report of the progress of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism Trial (November 2021). The report describes the progress so far and shares some of the early insights at this early stage of the trial. You can read the report here – easy read version here.