I’ve heard staff training on how to interact with people with learning disabilities and autistic people is now mandatory for CQC-registered providers — what guidance is there on this?

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I’ve heard staff training on how to interact with people with learning disabilities and autistic people is now mandatory for CQC-registered providers — what guidance is there on this?

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All CQC-registered providers must now ensure their staff get training on working with autistic people and people with a learning disability; this is to ensure the development of a health and social care workforce that possesses “the right skills and knowledge to provide safe, compassionate and informed care” for this group of people. The requirement was introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022 (HCA) and applied from 1 July 2022.

Now that the mandatory requirement has been brought in by the HCA, the CQC announced that it will be looking to see whether providers are “training their staff in how to interact appropriately with people with a learning disability and autistic people, at a level appropriate to their role”.

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