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Proposals for autism training for NHS England staff

The National Autistic Society has welcomed the Government’s published proposals to introduce mandatory autism and learning disability training to all health and care staff in England. This is a very welcome move that could mean that all NHS staff have the training they need to support autistic people, finally living up to duties in the Autism Act. The Government has launched an eight-week consultation on their plans and is seeking the views of autistic people, their families, charities and professionals, including health and care staff.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said:

This new mandatory autism training for all health and care staff in England could improve the health or even save the lives of hundreds of thousands of autistic people. The training will only work if it's shaped by the experiences of autistic people and their families, so we're pleased that the Government is consulting. We encourage as many autistic people and families to respond as possible.

Date added: 14 February 2019