Skills for HealthSkills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have launched a comprehensive new resource to support health and social care staff and educators in England who work with people living with a learning disability.

The Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in the delivery of learning disabilities services, as well as educators that train students to provide said services. In addition, the framework is designed to support training needs analysis, performance management processes and the assessment of competence.

Commissioned and funded by the Department of Health, the framework is intended to support organisations in:

  • Standardising the interpretation of learning disabilities education and training
  • Guiding the focus and aims of learning disabilities education and training delivery
  • Ensuring the educational relevance of learning disabilities training
  • Improving the quality and consistency of education and training provision

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health, said: "The key to the wellbeing of people living with a learning disability is the quality of care and commitment provided by those who work with them. The framework outlines the learning and education training for the learning disabilities workforce at an assured standard.

“Employers and/or commissioners of education are encouraged to use the framework as guidance for the development and delivery of appropriate and consistent education and training. We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people and their families.”