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Evaluation of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism

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The National Development Team for inclusion, in partnership with My Life My Choice and Bemix have been chosen by Health Education England, Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social care to be the evaluation partner for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Learning Disability and Autism Training trial.

The training is named after Oliver McGowan, a young autistic man who died after being given anti-psychotic medication in hospital against his and his families wishes. Following Oliver’s death, his mother Paula McGowan led a campaign for more training for health and social care staff to provide them with the confidence and skills to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in their care. We believe that for the training to be effective it must lead to better care, support, and ultimately outcomes, for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

In 2019, the government set out their commitment to mandatory training in their consultation response in 'Right to be heard’. In this, they announced funding to develop and test a learning disability and autism training package which can be rolled out widely.

Four different groups are developing a range of approaches to delivering the training trials, led by:

- British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)

- Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

- Pathways Associates CIC

- Royal Mencap Society/National Autistic Society

NDTi are working with My Life My Choice and bemix to undertake the evaluation of these training trials. Our evaluation team and advisory group involve a number of people with lived experience (both self-advocates and family carers) to ensure help make sure that this focus is central in our evaluation approach.

Some of our team have explained why they think these trials are important:

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Anna Marriott
Tel: 01225 255 268

Madeline Cooper
Tel: 01225 255 268

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