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Update on Oliver McGowan training



The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism

Enabling the health and social care workforce to better support people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Updated: 22 December 2022 The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism has been co-produced, trialled, independently evaluated and will be co-delivered by trainers with lived experience of learning disability and autism.   In July the Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a requirement that regulated service providers ensure their staff receive training on learning disability and autism which is appropriate to the person’s role.    The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is the standardised training that was developed for this purpose and is the government's preferred and recommended training for health and social care staff to undertake.  It is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. It is the only training with permission to include Paula McGowan OBE, telling Oliver's story and explaining why the training is taking place.   An elearning package is the first part of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training and is now live. Everyone will need to do the elearning no matter where they work and what tier they need to complete. The next part is either a live one hour online interactive session for those needing Tier 1,or, a 1-day face to face training for people who require Tier 2.   HEE is working with partners to arrange trainer’s training that will prepare people with a learning disability and autistic people to co-deliver the online interactive and face to face sessions of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. Each Integrated Care Board (ICB) is being supported to develop training capacity. Those sessions are expected to be available from early in 2023.  If you are offered an online session or face to face training today, it is not The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. Future updates will be shared widely and made available on this page and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Please check these pages regularly for details.    About the training   The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is delivered in one of two Tiers. It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure their staff have the appropriate training for their roles and they will need to advise staff on whether they should complete Tier 1 or Tier 2. HEE recently developed The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training Tier guidance for employers with examples. Employers may also find the NDTi report on involving experts by experience helpful. Tier 1  Tier 1 of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is for people who require general awareness of the support autistic people or people with a learning disability may need.   Tier 2  Tier 2 of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is for people who may need to provide care and support for autistic people or people with a learning disability.   Training Structure  The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is standardised and to complete it individuals must:   

  • Complete the elearning package and for   

  • Tier 1 – the 1 hour online interactive session co-delivered by a person with a learning disability and an autistic person along with a facilitator or   

  • Tier 2 – the 1day face to face training co-delivered a person with a learning disability and an autistic person and trainer  

We understand it may take up to six months to complete both parts in the early stages as capacity to deliver the online interactive and face to face elements build for The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism.   What will be available and when?   The elearning package is now live on the elearning for healthcare website. To ensure the training is recorded on staff records, employers will need to inform their employees how and when The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training should be completed.    The trainers’ training and the final The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training package will be ready in early 2023. Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will work to develop the trainers and co-trainers they need to deliver the second, interactive, part of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. As the number of trainers increase, so will the access to the interactive online sessions and face to face delivery. Each ICB will make its own decisions about how it organises and prioritises its activity.  Express my interest to get involved  If you would like to get involved as an expert by experience, an employer or an education provider, please complete one of the following:

  • Online expression of interest form

  • Easy read trainer expression of interest form in PDF - For printing and scanning, this will need to be returned by email and sent to ommtprogramme@hee.nhs.uk

  • Easy read trainer expression of interest form in word doc. - For completing on the computer, this will need to be returned by email and sent to ommtprogramme@hee.nhs.uk

The details you submit in the form will be sent to HEE who will be arranging The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism in your region.     Additional information:  

  • To help employers involve people with a learning disability and autistic people in co-delivering The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism, HEE has published involving people with lived experience guidance.

  • The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism Training requires the learner to complete the elearning launched on 1 November 2022, and the corresponding standardised online interactive session or face to face training which will commence in early 2023.  

  • Tier 1 training covers all the Tier 1 capabilities of both the Core Capabilities Frameworks for supporting people who have a learning disability and autistic people.  

  • Tier 2 training covers a careful selection of the learning outcomes from the Core Capabilities Frameworks’ Tier 2 capabilities, in addition to all the Tier 1 capabilities.  

  • Individuals only need to do one training package either Tier 1 or Tier 2, whichever is most appropriate to their role.  

  • Depending on their role, staff may require further capabilities in addition to those covered in the Tier 2 Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism package. It is the responsibility of employers to determine any further capabilities their staff need and to put in place the appropriate provisions.

  • Employers must continue to review the training needs of their staff and provide relevant training for each role.  



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