The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training

on Learning Disability & Autism

Here you will find useful resources, sources of information, and links to local services in Hertfordshire & West Essex.
The page will be regularly updated

Some of the course content includes sensitive and potentially distressing information and stories of Oliver’s tragic story.
If you have been affected by any of the course content, it is important to discuss this with your employer, and access the appropriate support.
Here for You is a confidential mental health and wellbeing service available to all health, social care and voluntary sector workers across Essex and Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire Purple Star Accreditation
This page is for health professionals and provides links and information on how you can access resource specific to Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire learning disability community nurses support. The resources are available to help you, as health professionals, bridge the health inequality gaps faced by people with a learning disability as well as providing information on how you can apply and strive to become recognised as a health service of excellence for people with learning disabilities, through the Purple Star Strategy.

The Purple Star Accreditation is given to GP Practices in Herts that demonstrate a commitment to bridging the health inequalities gap faced by people with a learning disability and taking steps to enabling equitable health outcomes. They are supported, enabled and monitored in achieving and maintaining the standard.

There is now also Purple Principles Recognition that is available for all Other Health Care Providers and this enables them to learn and reflect on their current practice and make pledges to adapt practice to bridge health inequality gaps faced by people with a learning disability and take steps to enable equitable health outcomes within their service.

All Health providers have a legal requirement to make reasonable adjustments and overcome the barriers faced by their patients with a learning disability. The Purple Star Team are Learning Disability Nurses, and therefore have the expertise to simply support you in achieving this legal requirement and recognise your good practice.

Help with your health | Learning disabilities
If you have a learning disability or supports someone who has a learning disability

Purple Star website (Easy read)

Purple Star feedback form (Easy read)

The Purple Star team have a dedicated acronym TEACH to explain reasonable adjustments and help embed this in everyday practice.
T = TIME Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Time
E = Environment Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Environment
A = Attitude Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Attitude
C = Communication Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Your Communication |Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Communication
H = Help Bitesize Learning Disability Awareness – Help







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Learning Disability Services
We provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and North Essex and Buckinghamshire.

Essex Learning Disability Partnership
The Essex Learning Disability Partnership is a partnership between Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

We each bring diverse expertise and a wealth of experience. Together, we want to transform Learning Disability services, using innovation to improve care, and remove barriers and duplication. The partnership is lead by HPFT, and we will continue to work closely in partnership and evolve our thinking.

For information on Learning Disability services provided by the Essex Learning Disability Partnership visit

To contact the Learning Disability Link Nurses and PCN Link workers in west Essex who can provide information on Annual Health Checks and accessible information for Learning Disability patients email