Pathways is really excited to be one of 4 national partners involved in developing and trialling the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training. We are working in Lancashire and South Cumbria. This is a fantastic opportunity for people with a learning disability and autistic people and families to have their voices heard and improve our futures together.

The training is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. You can find out more about Oliver’s Campaign here.

The aim of the Oliver McGowan mandatory training is to give staff working in health and social care training so they can support autistic people, people with a learning disability and their families really well.

All our training is co-produced.

We have a great team of partners working with us to develop, run and check our training so it helps change the way people are supported.

Our partners are:

Self-advocacy and family groups:

- Voice for All

- Together All are Able

- My Life My Way

- Merseyside People First

- North West Regional Forum 

- Cumbria People First

- North West Family Forum

Providers / voluntary sector

- Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust 

- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust 

- Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System

- Lancashire and South Cumbria Joint Training Partnership

- A Chance To Ltd.

- Disability Equality North West 

Because of the Coronavirus restrictions we had to make a plan to deliver our training online. We have already run lots of our training with health and social care staff. We still hope to do some face to face, in person, training if restrictions allow before the end of the trial.


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