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New CQC training Requirement

New training requirement for all staff who support people with a learning disability and autistic people


From 1 July 2022, all health and social care providers registered with CQC must ensure that their staff receives training on learning disabilities and autism appropriate to their role. This new legal requirement is introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022.  

The government is required to consult on and publish a Code of Practice. The CQC understands that this will outline the content, delivery, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory. The government anticipates that the publication of the Code of Practice may take at least 12 months.

CQC will provide statutory guidance while the Code of Practice is being developed. During their assessments and inspections of providers, they will regularly look to see if staff are working with people appropriately, and if not, they will consider what training and support have been provided to staff to ensure their understanding. Following the introduction of this requirement, they will be looking to see whether providers have provided learning disability and autism training and see if they have assessed the competencies of staff following their training. In line with current inspection procedures, CQC will not be looking at what the training itself has involved.

CQC will continue to engage with the government. They will update their statutory guidance as appropriate to reflect this new requirement in due course and will keep providers informed.


The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training is based on the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability and the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People. It has also been co-designed by autistic people, people with a learning disability, family carers and subject matter experts.

The government’s Code of Practice will be subject to a public consultation before it is published.

For more information visit the CQC website. 

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