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Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 126805, tabled on 8 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve training for health, care and education employees in locked mental health rehabilitation facilities to ensure that those employees have the necessary training and skills to work with people in those facilities with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism who also have complex needs and challenging behaviour.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

5 January 2021

Health and social care staff working in locked mental health rehabilitation facilities must have the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and autistic people. This is a priority for the Government and we are developing plans to introduce the Oliver McGowan mandatory training in learning disability and autism to make sure that this happens.

We are working with Health Education England and Skills for Care to develop and test a standardised training package, backed by £1.4 million investment. Work is already underway to develop the training and testing will take place in a variety of health and social care settings to help shape how it will be rolled out and delivered in future.

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