We at Fundamental Care Training are committed to being involved in the ongoing development of training within the Health and Care sector and are very excited about this latest Government initiative.
On February 13th 2019 the Government launched an eight-week consultation on their plans to make autism and learning disability training to all health and care staff in England mandatory and is seeking the views of autistic people, their families, charities and professionals, including health and care staff.
Although there has been recognition of the need for staff to have training (Statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations to support the implementation of the adult autism strategy- March 26th 2015), up until now it has been guidance only and as a result implementation has been patchy and inconsistent.
All NHS and Social Care staff will now be required to have the training they need to support autistic people, finally living up to duties in the Autism Act.
This consultation is your opportunity to have your say in how this training is structured and develops. Everyone involved in care and support is encouraged to respond.
The consultation paper asks your views on:
- What should be in the training – it gives ideas on what the training content should be and asks if Autism training should be given separately to Learning Disability training.
- Giving staff learning disability and autism training – it asks who should have training and at what level (breaking it down into 3 key groups) as well as how the training should be delivered at each level.
- Making sure that people with a learning disability and autistic people are involved in the training – it suggests that people with learning disabilities and or autism should be involved in deciding and developing the training and have funds and support to do so.
- Making sure the training works well– it suggests CQC and other ways of monitoring the attendance and effectiveness of training, including a 2 year government review.
The Governments proposals come after close working with charities such as the National Autistic Society and Mencap.
They have also worked closely with Skills for Care, in particular the Skills for Care -Autism Skills and Knowledge Framework and before making your comments you may find it useful to look at the framework in more detail on https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Documents/Topics/Autism/Autism-skills-and-knowledge-list.pdf
The last date for comments is 12th April 2019 and we strongly encourage you to have your say, whether you are employed in the Health and Care sector, support a person living with a learning disability or autism or are experiencing it for yourself.
Further information on the Autism Strategy can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-autism-strategy-statutory-guidance
Further information on the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/learning-disability-and-autism-training-for-health-and-care-staff
Easy read versions of both the Strategy and the Consultation are available at the sites shown above.
The development of this consultation is a victory for the family of Oliver McGowan, who died so tragically in Bristol after being admitted to hospital in 2016 and who, together with their supporters, have petitioned the government so effectively for change.
We, at Fundamental Care Training, know that the proposed training will not solve the issues around providing the best support and enabling people with learning disabilities to have the control over their own lives that they are entitled to but it is a good step in the right direction.
Please join us in having a say in how this step is taken.