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Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism Bill [HL]
[AS INTRODUCED]
CONTENTS
[AS INTRODUCED]

A

bill

to

Mandate training on learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff undertaking regulated activities in England; and to provide for the Secretary of State to publish a code of practice for specialist training on learning disability and autism.

B e it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Mandatory training on learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff undertaking regulated activities in England


For regulation 18(2)(a) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated
Activities) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2936), substitute—


“(a)

receive—


(i)

such appropriate support, training, professional
development, supervision and appraisal as is necessary
to enable them to carry out the duties they are
employed to perform; and


(ii)

in particular, specialist training in person on learning
disability and autism, appropriate to their role, as set
out in the code of practice issued by the Secretary of
State under section 2 of the Mandatory Training on
Learning Disabilities and Autism Act 2022.”

2 Code of practice

(1)

With regard to specialist training on learning disability and autism, the
Secretary of State must prepare and publish a code of practice (“the code”),
containing guidance addressing—

(a)

the content of mandatory training and its co-production;

(b)

the appropriate levels of training required across staff roles;

(c)

the co-delivery of training;

(d)

the accreditation of training;

(e)

the procurement of training;

(f)

the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of training; and

(g)

the implementation of mandating of training across regulated health
and social care providers.

(2)

The code must incorporate—

(a)

the most recent Learning Disability Core Skills Education and Training
Framework (or its successor framework, regardless of its name);

(b)

the most recent Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic
People (or its successor framework, regardless of its name);

(c)

the most recent national autism strategy published under section 1 of
the Autism Act 2009; and

(d)

recent guidance issued in accordance with section 2 of the Autism Act
2009.

(3)

The Secretary of State must seek the participation of and consult such persons
and bodies as they consider appropriate—

(a)

in preparing the code;

(b)

in incorporating the relevant publications as set out in subsection (2)
; and

(c)

in revising it.

(4)

The Secretary of State may not issue the code or any revision unless a draft
has been laid before and approved by a resolution of both Houses of
Parliament.

(5)

The Secretary of State must review the code every three years and lay their
findings before both Houses of Parliament.

3 Interpretation


In this Act—


appropriate to their role
has the meaning given by the code;


autism
means a spectrum of disorders which start in childhood, the
clinical manifestations of which include atypical social communication
and social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour;


in person
means training delivered in the personal presence of trainees
and not by electronic or digital communication;


learning disability
means a disability which includes a significantly
reduced ability to understand new or complex information or to learn
new skills, with a reduced ability to cope independently, which started
before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development;


specialist training
means training co-produced and co-delivered in
person by persons who themselves have a learning disability or autism,
or are a family member of someone who has a learning disability or
autism, and that is accredited, in conformity with the code.

4 Extent, commencement and short title

(1)

This Act extends to England and Wales.

(2)

Sections 1 and 3 of this Act come into force at the end of the period of 18
months beginning with the day on which it is passed.

(3)

Section 2 comes into force at the end of the period of six months beginning
with the day on which this Act is passed.

(4)

This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(5)

This Act may be cited as the Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities
and Autism Act 2022.

Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism Bill [HL]
[AS INTRODUCED]

A

bill

to

Mandate training on learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff undertaking regulated activities in England; and to provide for the Secretary of State to publish a code of practice for specialist training on learning disability and autism.

Baroness Hollins

Ordered to be Printed, .

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