Learning disability and autism consultation extended

The government has extended its consultation on mandatory autism and learning disability training until Friday 26 April.

The consultation, which opened on 13 February, has received more than 1,500 responses but will remain open to give more people time to share their feedback on proposals.

Up to 2.8 million health and social care staff who regularly have contact with patients or service users could be legally required to undertake special learning disability or autism training, under government proposals.

Plans aim to address the difference in life expectancy between those with a learning disability and those without. The life expectancy of women with a learning disability is 18 years lower than those without, with a 14-year gap for men. Autistic people also face documented barriers to accessing healthcare.

The government is seeking the views of health and social care staff, employers, charities and people with a learning disability or on the autism spectrum, as well as their families and carers.

The consultation can be accessed here.