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Providing solutions to healthcare organisations and individuals nationwide. Making the Oliver McGowan training as accessible and effective as possible.

AWard Training is the sister company of Autism Somerset and is an approved organisation for delivering the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism.

With the added value of over 25 years experience in the field of neurodiversity, our training is quality assured and fully compliant with new regulations, including the Health and Care Act 2020 and CQC regulations.

Our core team of facilitators and experts with lived experience create a culture that transcends your typical mandatory training, instead fostering curiosity, inspiring change, celebrating good practice and providing a platform to Ask, Listen and Do.  

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Which Part 2, Oliver McGowan Training do you require?

More than Mandatory Training...

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. The Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a statutory requirement that regulated service providers must ensure their staff receive learning disability and autism training appropriate to their role.     

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training 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. 

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The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is unique in that it is co-delivered by trainers with lived experience of learning disability and trainers with lived experience of being autistic.


At AWard Training, our experts co-deliver the training, update and inform the content and delivery style, and are central to all decisions we make as an organisation. 

"The Oliver McGowan face to face training delivered by Allison was well organised, highly informative, and included an excellent opportunity to interact with and learn from experts with lived experience. 

I gained both knowledge and skills during the day that will improve my consultations with neurodiverse patients, and have advised that all clinicians working in the Symphony practices must attend this training".

Dr Berge Balian

GP, Medical Director of Symphony Healthcare Services, & Primary Care Partner for the NHS Somerset ICB

Allison Ward, our Director, explains why working with experts with lived experience on this training is so important.

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We pride ourselves on our ongoing support of organisations beyond the training we deliver for them, whether that includes providing additional signposting or resources, supporting team wellbeing, or being available for individual consultancy. 

Our sister company, Autism Somerset CIC, has a team of professionals and specialists in their field who contribute their knowledge, resources and services, including BPS accredited clinical supervision for organisations and coaching for individuals or professionals. 

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"It was invaluable having the experts with lived experience provide their real-life knowledge around learning disabilities and autism. Such a great training course and inspired me to get more involved!"
“It has been really great to participate in this training and listen to stories from the experts – a real eye opener! Both the facilitator and the expert by experience were inspirational.”
"Eye opening in unexpected ways, very engaging with very knowledgeable trainers. Very good real life experience is used by the expert speakers, which helps to put the learnt material into perspective."

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If you are looking to join or work with a team of highly motivated and passionate individuals who strive to make this world a better place, look no further. Enquire below for a chance to join our team and be involved in the amazing work we provide.

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