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Oliver McGowan: mother wants compulsory learning disabilities training to be her son's legacy

Paula McGowan led campaign call for mandatory health and social care staff training at the Positive Choices and Positive Commitment conferences
Paula McGowan

Paula McGowan led campaign call for mandatory health and social care staff training at the Positive Choices and Positive Commitment conferences

  • Campaign sparked by death in 2016 of 18-year-old Oliver McGowan, who had high-functioning autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy
  • Oliver McGowan was prescribed olanzapine, despite his sensitivity to antipsychotic medication
  • Government-led consultation with Department of Health and Social Care focuses on how training should be delivered

The mother behind the campaign for compulsory training for all health and social care professionals in autism and learning disabilities would like it to be his legacy.

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People with learning disabilities die sooner than the general population

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