Booking for Tiers 1 and 2 of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism Trial is now open.
This training is named after 18-year-old Oliver McGowan, whose tragic death in 2016 highlighted the need for health and social care staff to have better training in learning disabilities and autism. It is part of a national commitment to develop a standardised training package, and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was one of four local organisations appointed to co-design and co-deliver the training for groups of health and social care staff as part of the national trial.
The Gloucestershire project team comprises:
- Gloucestershire Health and Care
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Inclusion Gloucestershire
- Family Partnership Solutions
All of the training is fully co-designed and co-delivered with people with a learning disability, autistic people, family carers and people working within learning disability and autism services.
When it becomes mandatory across England in 2022/23 it will make a huge difference to people with a learning disability and autistic people, in accessing the help they need from the NHS and social care in a way that meets their needs effectively.
You can read more about the training trial here.
More than 90 people attended the online launch of the Gloucestershire trial in April. The launch opened with the screening of this film, produced by and featuring members of the training team, in which they talk about the purpose of the trial, its primary aims, and what the training will involve.
Tier 1 is relevant not only to health and social care and primary care staff, but to people working in any sector who may occasionally interact with people with a learning disability and/or autistic people, but who do not have responsibility for providing direct care or making decisions about care or support – such as those working in education, law enforcement, Jobcentre staff, bus drivers, for example.
Tier 2 is a live hybrid event for which you can book a physical or online place. It is co-delivered by an Expert by Experience, a family carer and a professional person working within a learning disability service.
This whole-day event is relevant to health and social care staff and others with responsibility for providing care and support for autistic people or people with a learning disability, but who would seek support from others for complex management or complex decision making.
Spaces for the Tier 2 training are more limited, so places are bookable on an individual or team basis.
Booking onto the training
Primary Care and health and social care staff can book a place via Proud to Learn, the Gloucestershire County Council learning management system, via this link.
If you do not have a Proud to Learn account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you work for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust you can access the training via your learning profile on Care to Learn.
If you work in NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, or live/work in a county neighbouring Gloucestershire, you can register online here.
We welcome your feedback
We welcome your feedback on the content and delivery of the training, as this will help us shape the development of the final training package when it becomes mandatory. If you know of anyone for whom you think this training would be of benefit, please tell them about it.
This flyer contains further information about the training trial, as well as dates for Tier 2 training. Please feel free to share this information with as many people as possible, as we are hoping to train a cross section of staff from all sectors.