Mandatory training for UK health workers after teen’s death

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02 Nov 2022, 8:08 am

Oliver McGowan: NHS autism training mandatory after teen's death

Mandatory training for treating people with autism and learning disabilities is being rolled out for NHS health and care staff after a patient died.

It comes after Oliver McGowan, 18, from Bristol, died following an epileptic seizure.
At the time, in November 2016, he had mild autism and was given a drug he was allergic to despite repeated warnings from his parents.

His mother Paula lobbied for mandatory training to potentially "save lives".
The training is for all NHS staff who work with the public.

Mrs McGowan said: "He was a young teenager, who was very active.

"He was playing for England FA and he went into hospital having... partial seizures.
"Because staff didn't understand his autism and how it affected him, he was chemically restrained.

"Oliver wasn't mentally ill and this caused Oliver's death."

A spokesman for the NHS said the training had been developed with expertise from people with a learning disability and autistic people as well as their families and carers.

The first part of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training is being rolled out following a two-year trial involving more than 8,300 health and care staff across England.

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