Government confirms plans to make sure all health staff get autism training


Far too many autistic people don’t get the right healthcare and support – simply because too few NHS staff have received good autism training.

In a debate in Parliament, the Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, committed to including autism in plans for mandatory training for healthcare staff. This is a very welcome move that could mean that all NHS staff have the training they need to support autistic people, finally living up to duties in the Autism Act.

The debate was organised in response to a petition started by Paula McGowan, following the tragic death of her son Oliver in November 2016. Paula believes his death could have been prevented if doctors and nurses had understood the adjustments he needed for his autism and learning disabilities.

The Minister announced the consultation into a mandatory learning disability training programme for health staff, which was announced last month, would also include autism, saying:

It would be a missed opportunity if we did not consider in our consultation the training requirements of staff to better support autistic people as well those with learning disabilities.
The Minister said that the consultation would start in the New Year. The Government’s final plans for the training will be published by the summer, followed by regulations which could be introduced by the end of 2019. 

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Written by: National Autistic Society