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Education and skills development

Education and skills development are about all the ways healthcare staff can learn to do their roles to support people with a learning disability, autism or both. It includes how healthcare staff become trained, qualified and stay up-to-date.

We have resources to help everyone involved in educating healthcare staff and in developing staff skills. They can help staff, service commissioners, service providers, employers, education providers, families and carers to develop education and training courses, roles and services.

All healthcare staff should understand how to make reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities and autism. The link below takes you to a series of good practice guides.

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Skills and competency frameworks set out what staff need to know and what they need to be able to do in their role to support people with learning disability, autism or both. This includes the general skills needed by staff working with people with learning disability, autism or both and some more specific skills such as positive behaviour support and autism training.

Learning disability core capabilities framework

What all staff need to know to support people with a learning disability, by describing underpinning value, skills and knowledge in three tiers.

Download the definitions of the three tier.

Download the Learning disability core skills education and training framework.

Generic service interventions pathway 

What staff need to know to support people with a learning disability, by describing person-centred interventions.  

Download the Generic service interventions pathway.

Competency framework for community forensic services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

What staff need to know to support people with a learning disability, autism or both in the community who have or are at risk of offending behaviours.

Download the Competency framework for community forensic services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism report.

Learning disability transition pathway competency framework

What staff need to know to support people with learning disability, autism or both and the transition from children and young people services to adult services.

Download the Learning disability transition pathway competency framework.

A tool to help identify all the learning needs of healthcare staff working with people with a learning disability, autism or both.

An online software tool linked to the competences in The Generic Service Interventions Pathway enables organisations to complete a learning needs analysis exercise with their workforce. A reporting function allows the results of the exercise to be downloaded and analysed.

The software is free of charge for specialist NHS learning disability providers. There are reduced rates for other health or social care provider and are available on a sliding scale dependent on the size of the workforce.

Email the team to find out more and access the tool: learning.disability@hee.nhs.uk

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a person centred approach to provide long term support to people with a learning disability, autism or both who have, or may be at risk of developing, behaviours that challenge. This includes children, young people and adults.

Watch the Positive Behavioural Support: It happens for a reason! video.

It is important for family carers and staff across health, social care and education to be trained and supported to deliver PBS effectively.

We work in partnership with experts to develop tools and resources that promote PBS education and training.

PBS key messages sets out the aims and principles of how PBS is delivered and provides guidance to people, families and organisations.

Positive behaviour support organisational and workforce development framework what all staff need to know to deliver PBS effectively.

Our partner organisations Skills for Care, Skills for Health, the PBS Academy, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and BILDs Centre for the Advancement of PBS all offer tools and resources for PBS education training and delivery.

Online learning or e-learning is learning and training that can be done through a computer or other devices such as iPads and phones. The online learning can be ‘stand-alone’ or with face to face training. Some of the resources are shown below.

- Minded RCP e-learning

- Skills for Health e-learning

- Social care institute for excellence e-learning

- e-learning for healthcare