Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism

We are delighted that the Joint Training Partnership will be supporting the delivery of  one of 4 national pilots  introducing the Oliver McGowan mandatory training in Learning Disability and Autism. Pathways Associates Community Interest Company (CIC) will lead the project in Lancashire and South Cumbria, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwin. We are working with a range of partners to deliver both tier 1 and tier 2 training between mid November and the end of May 2021.

The training is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and  social care staff to have better training. You can find out more about Oliver’s Campaign here

The aim of the Oliver McGowan mandatory training is to ensure that staff working in health and social care receive learning disability and autism training, at the right level for their role. They will have a better understanding of people’s needs, resulting in better services and improved health and wellbeing outcomes.  This workshop links directly to the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability commissioned by Health Education England. The framework can be found here

The training in 2020 will be delivered via Zoom but we hope to be able to introduce some face to face training in the new year subject to Covid restrictions in place at the time.  All training will be provided free of charge and you can book as many places as you like on the events page of this website.

Successful launch of the JTP

The launch of the Joint Training Partnership took place on the 18th December 2019 and was well attended by a range of health and social care providers and family carers.  Participants discussed a number of topics to help provide a steer for the development of the partnership.

  • What are we doing well now?
  • What are our challenges
  • What are our future training needs?
  • How can the joint training partnership help us?

The project team itself has grown –  Michael Redfern has been appointed as the project coordinator and Tania Ellahi as  project administrator They can be contacted by email