The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training
on Learning Disability and Autism

What is the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism?

Enabling the health and social care workforce to better support people with a learning disability and autistic people, the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism has been co-produced, trialled, and independently evaluated, and will be co-delivered by trainers with lived experience of learning disabilities and autism.

The Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a requirement that regulated service providers ensure their staff receive training on learning disability and autism which is appropriate to the person’s role.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism 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 to undertake.  It is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. It is the only training with permission to include Paula McGowan OBE, telling Oliver’s story and explaining why the training is taking place.

An e-learning package is the first part of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training and is now live. Everyone will need to do the e-learning no matter where they work and what tier they need to complete. The next part is either a live one hour online interactive session for those needing Tier 1, or, a 1-day face to face training for people who require Tier 2.

Hertfordshire and West Essex Training Roll out?

Hertfordshire Care Providers Association has been asked to support the Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Care System roll out the Oliver McGowan Mandatory training. HCPA already have an established training team who all have experience working in care. HCPA will now be looking to bring in experts with lived experience as co-trainers to support the roll out of online Tier 1 sessions, face to face Tier 2 sessions at their base in Welwyn Garden City and throughout Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB and Train the Trainer sessions for trainers in the system.

Who are Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA)?

HCPAs vision is to create a county where all adults who receive care are given a service of true quality, which is both personalised and individually tailored to their needs.

At HCPA everything is centred on helping Hertfordshire adult care providers to raise their standards of quality by offering low cost or fully funded: training, network events, study days, business services, advice, and tailored support.

HCPA has a training centre based in Welwyn Garden City and delivers training here and throughout the county. We have a team of trainers who have worked across a range of care settings, giving them knowledge and understanding to support care companies, as well as having advanced training skills.

HCPA will be delivering the Oliver McGowan training for Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Social care providers supporting trainers and expert with lived experience co-trainers as well as managing all administration.

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Are you interested in becoming an Expert with Lived Experience?

HCPA have been funded to support the roll out of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory training for Hertfordshire and West Essex for CQC Registered Health and Social Care providers. A key part of the training is to include Experts with Lived Experience as Co-trainers. These co-Trainers will co-train with our HCPA training team. The Experts with Lived Experience must either have a Learning disability and/or be autistic.

HCPA are happy for individuals to apply for hours that suit them, this could be 1,2,3,4,5 hours per week.

Please find full Application Pack here and Easy Read here.

Applications close on Thursday the 8th of June 2023. Here is link to application form.

Any queries please email

Training Available

HCPA will start delivery of Education from June 2023. HCPA will be offering a mixture of Tier 1 workshops via Zoom, Tier 2 (Face to face) open courses at HCPA offices, Tier 2 Group sessions at provider site and Tier 2 Train the Trainer. To complete the Tier 1 workshop or any Tier 2 sessions delegates must complete the E-Learning for Health Oliver McGowan training, delegates will be asked to show proof of completion. It is recommended to complete E-Learning no more than 6 weeks prior to doing Tier 1 workshop or Tier 2.

Click here for Oliver McGowan E-Learning

If you are interested in applying to undertake the Train the Trainer programme, click here

If you are interested in Tier 1 or Tier 2 training for your staff, complete an Expression of Interest here.

Any other questions email

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