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Learning disability and autism training for health and social care workers

We are approved lead trainers for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training programme for health and social care workers.

The training is designed to teach people about the specific needs of autistic people and people with learning disabilities so they receive safe, compassionate and informed care when they need it.

The training is named after Oliver McGowan whose death highlighted the need for better training across the sector and has been co-produced, co-evaluated and is co-delivered by people with a learning disability and autistic people who are paid for their time.

Draft code of practice consultation launched

The government has launched a consultation on a new draft Oliver McGowan Code of Practice which outlines how health and care providers who are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can meet the legislative requirement introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022 to ensure staff receive training on learning disability and autism, appropriate to their role.

The public consultation on the draft code of practice will run for 12 weeks. Following this, the government will consider all consultation responses to inform any final changes to the draft Code of Practice.

An Easy Read version of the consultation is now also available at Oliver McGowan draft code of practice (easy read) - GOV.UK (

For more information about the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training Programme, please watch this short animation.


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