Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training
in Learning Disability and Autism Trial
This training trial is for health and social care staff
in England. 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.
What is Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in LD and Autism?
This training is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death 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 (GHC) was one of four national partners appointed to co-design and co-deliver the training for groups of health and social care staff as part of a national pilot.
The project team comprises:
- Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Inclusion Gloucestershire
- Family Partnership Solutions
- Gloucestershire County Council
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.
The trial launched in Gloucestershire on 1 April 2021, and we are hoping to train a cross section of staff from all sectors.
Unless you work for GHC, which has pledged to train as many staff as possible, attendance is NOT mandatory at this time. However, we would very much encourage health and social care colleagues to take part. Indeed, anyone 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 – would benefit from this training.
We welcome feedback on the content and delivery of the training, as this will help us shape the development of the final training package, which will become mandatory across England in 2022.
You can find out more about the other national partners here.
About the training
Tier 1 entails two hours of online activity including viewing an information film and attending a 30-minute live webinar. It is relevant to all staff working in any sector who may occasionally interact with people with a learning disability and autistic people, but who do not have responsibility for providing direct care or making decisions about care or support.
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.
Training dates for Tier 2
You can choose an in-person or an online place. The in-person and online sessions run consecutively on the same dates and at the same time – 9.30am – 4.30pm.
The online sessions are held on Zoom, but you do not need to download the Zoom app to take part. You can access from your browser.
The in-person sessions are being held across Gloucestershire in a variety of venues.
Gloucester locality and online
- 20 October 2021 – in-person places only (online places now full)
- 12 November 2021
- 18 November 2021 – in-person places only (online places now full)
Stroud locality – in-person places only
- 19 August 2021 – online places now full
Cheltenham locality and online
- 26 August 2021 – in-person places only (online places now full)
- 22 September 2021 – in-person places only (online places now full)
- 28 October 2021
- 25 November 2021
Cotswolds locality – in-person places only
- 7 September 2021 (Cirencester)
Forest locality and online
- 15 September 2021 – in-person places only (online places now full)
- 13 October 2021
If you have any questions, please contact OliverMGMT@ghc.nhs.uk
Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism is the result of tireless campaigning, especially from Oliver’s parents Tom and Paula McGowan, who have been at the forefront of calls for better understanding and training for health and care professionals since Oliver’s tragic death in 2016.
News and events
- Tiers 1 & 2 Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training now open
Booking for Tiers 1 and 2 of the Gloucestershire Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training Trial is now open. Click here for further information
- Tuesday 6 July – HEE Stakeholder Forum
The stakeholder forum is a regular open meeting where interested groups and organisations share updates, respond to questions and hear the voices of stakeholders. Click here for further information and to register.
- Big Health and Wellbeing Open Week: 21-25 June 2021
This week of fun and inclusive activities and events is designed to help people get the right information about their health and wellbeing. Click here to find out more
- Health Education England answers FAQs about training and delivery of Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on its website here
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Booking on to the training
Health and Social Care / Primary Care staff
You can book a place via your Proud to Learn account with Gloucestershire County Council
If you do not have a Proud to Learn account please email email@example.com
Gloucestershire Health and Care staff
If you work for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust you can access via your learning profile on Care to Learn
BNSSG staff and those in neighbouring counties
If you work in NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, or live/work in a county neighbouring Gloucestershire and would like to register.