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< January 2020

Mandatory learning disability and autism training for health and care staff - update

‘Right to be heard’: The Government’s response to the consultation on learning disability and autism training for health and care staff

In November 2019, the Government announced the introduction of mandatory training in learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff, relevant to their role. This was in response to a consultation on the proposal of mandatory training. The consultation was held following the second annual report of the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme, which recommended that mandatory learning disability training should be provided to all staff, delivered in conjunction with people with learning disabilities and their families. There will now be a series of trials to design and test a new training package, ahead of a wider roll-out.

You can read the full consultation response here.

The training will be based on the capabilities frameworks for supporting people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Health Education England and Skills for Care are now working with the Department of Health and Social Care to find partners for these trials. They will be appointing a number of training partners/partnerships who will develop and test training methods and materials. An evaluation provider will also be appointed. They are currently developing specifications for the trials and evaluation and intend to publish an invitation to tender soon. Work is expected to run from April 2020 and report by March 2021. Skills for Care anticipate awarding contracts to a number of different training partners/partnerships and a single evaluation partner.


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