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Autism and Learning Disability Training
Date: December 20, 2022
Autism and Learning Disability Training

We have recently received guidance on Autism and Learning Disability training from Dr Clare Bannon, Deputy Chair, GPC England, who wrote:

I am writing regarding the training requirements for GPs and their staff around Autism and Learning Disability. We were contacted by several LMCs after this was published in a recent NHSE bulletin . The Health and Care Act 2022 states that ‘Service providers ensure that each person working for the purpose of the regulated activities carried out by them receives training on learning disability and autism, which is appropriate to the person’s role’ and goes on to say ‘the Secretary of State must issue a code of practice’ setting out the details around this training. The‘Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism’, is the title of HEE and NHSE’s preferred training but it is NOT mandatory that this training is completed. It is unfortunate that the title of the training contains the word mandatory as this appears to have increased confusion. There was also concern that CQC suggested that this training was mandatory.After raising our concerns with both CQC and NHSE we wanted to update you on the requirements.  

CQC has now amended its guidance, which now clarifies that there is no specific training that is mandatory. CQC states that training ‘provided to staff is appropriate and provides staff with knowledge about how to interact and support people with a learning disability’.  

The Code of Practice mentioned in the Health and Care Act 2022 has not yet been published and is not expected until April 2023. We have contacted the SoS to ask to input into this to ensure the requirements are appropriate and proportionate to our roles. NHSE have also agreed that the specific training mentioned above is not mandatory and that practices should use their judgement as to what training is appropriate to their role. There may be GPs that have had Autism and Learning Disability training already, or may decide that it is appropriate that one person from a practice or PCN is best placed to do the Oliver McGowan or other similar training. This could then be disseminated to the wider team.  

Dr Clare Bannon