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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.

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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.

Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability​

This framework supports people with a learning disability and is relevant to those in working in any sector and all staff working across health and social care.

Access the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability

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.

Liaison and Diversion Service Career and Competence Framework  

Liaison and Diversion is a process whereby people of all ages with mental health problems, a learning disability, substance misuse problems and other vulnerabilities are identified and assessed as early as possible as they pass through the youth justice and criminal justice systems. It is available for employers of mental health and learning disability workforces. 

A useful resource for staff and their managers, commissioners and education and training providers, the framework helps to describe the Liaison and Diversion service offer, and includes the skills and knowledge required by the workforce at various Career Framework levels, as well as the education and training required to progress within the service. 

The framework is available to access as a downloadable pdf from the Skills for Health website

Physical Health Competency Framework for Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings

Our interim Physical Health Competency Framework for Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings has now been published.

This framework incorporates elements of the knowledge and skills needed for registered clinical staff working in mental healthcare and/or learning disability settings to be able to meet the physical health needs of service users with serious mental illness and/or service users with a learning disability. HEE continues to evaluate the framework and will publish the final version later this year. If you have any questions regarding this framework email: mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk.

This framework does not supersede previous policies or protocols, enhances existing procedures, can be used to aid recruiting or in a team discussion to improve awareness and training, is designed to be accessed and used by all in a mental health capacity.

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