Staff training for people with a learning disability or autism
All GP practices in England must ensure their staff receive training in learning disability and autism, including how to interact appropriately with people with a learning disability and autistic people.
This requirement was introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022 in July last year.
The government’s preferred training programme is the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. However, the Act does not specify a training package or course for staff.
The CQC cannot tell practices specifically how to meet their legal requirements in relation to training, and while NHS England and ICBs may share the government’s training programme preference and encourage uptake, it is ultimately for practices to determine how their staff are trained to meet their legal requirements.
Further information is available here.
Oliver McGowan draft code of practice on statutory learning disability and autism training
The code of practice has been published on 27th June 2023 and regulated by CQC