Oliver McGowan Face To Face Training Programme

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Oliver McGowan Face To Face Training Programme

29 May 2024 | Category: Blog

Staff from across the organisation, including everyone from Senior Management to Support Workers, were amongst the first in the Trust to complete part two of a major government-backed training scheme.

What makes the Oliver McGowan Face-to-Face Training – and everyone at the Trust has already completed Part 1 of the programme  – so different and special is that it is delivered, in part, by “Experts By Experience” and the delegates to the Training listened to real-life testimony from first, a lady with Learning Difficulties and then later, as the day moved to discussing Autism, a man who lived with the condition, as well as being almost blind (pictured below).

The result was a fascinating day, where all staff learned so much and were asked to reflect on things to take forward as we continually aim to improve our support and communication to our Residents and Tenants.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. The Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a statutory requirement that regulated service providers must ensure their staff receive learning disability and autism training appropriate to their role.

In 2016, Oliver’s Campaign was born, following his tragic death in an NHS hospital. The campaign is led by Oliver’s mother, Paula McGowan OBE, who believes that all health and social care staff need appropriate and meaningful training to help them to understand people who have a learning disability and autistic people.

In 2018, Paula launched a parliamentary petition to address this need, gaining over 56,000 signatures. The petition was successfully debated cross-party and as a result, in November 2019, the government published ‘Right to be heard’, its response to the consultation on proposals for introducing mandatory learning disability and autism training for health and social care staff.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training 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.

The response included a commitment to developing a standardised training package. The training draws on existing best practice, the expertise of people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers as well as subject matter experts.

It is important to note that the Training, rather than being a change of approach, was a refresher for Lisieux Trust staff, where Person-Centered Care is always at the forefront of all we do, we have a culture that insists that everyone has a right to be heard, listened to and respected.

The 15 people who completed the training last week – which included CEO Jess Alsop-Greenacre, as well as Managers both from Supported Living and Residential Care – were the first to do so, but over the next few months all Trust staff as well as all new starters will be undergoing the course.

We also announced recently that one of our Residents, Mark, has been chosen to act as one of the “Experts By Experience” and we will be following his progress.


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