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Learning disability and autism: why all nurses need this training

Paula McGowan explains how her son’s death exposed gaps in clinicians’ knowledge – and how mandatory training will help staff improve their skills and confidence

How my son’s death exposed gaps in clinicians’ knowledge – and how a mandatory training programme will help staff improve their skills and confidence

From the moment Oliver was born a month prematurely, we knew he was special. Our love for him was overwhelming.

At three weeks old, he developed bacterial meningitis. Oliver was ill and the doctors told us they did not expect him to survive. Amazingly, he began to recover.

Strength and determination to survive

Everybody who met Oliver as a baby warmed to him and could not resist spending time with him. There was something about him that drew people to him. This magnetism lasted throughout his life.

When he was nine

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