BSW Academy Leading the way

The cross-BSW initiative to roll our training on Learning Disability and Autism through the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training programme is now underway, with over 250 colleagues completing the programme so far.

The first training session was delivered by Rebecca Wise, BSW Lead Trainer and William Ash, co-trainer with lived experience of Autism at Salisbury District Hospital on 1 June.

Since then, the team has run further sessions at Salisbury Hospital, Bath Royal United Hospital, Green Lane Hospital, Devizes, Chippenham Community Hospital and Jenner House in Chippenham.

BSW are the first system in the South West and one of the first nationally to deliver face-to-face Oliver McGowan mandatory training. The training aims to increase skills and knowledge in how best to support those with learning disability and autism.

To find out more and to book a place – visit:

Feedback from delegates so far has been positive and the majority of training sessions have been full.

The team delivering the training are now looking to recruit a lead trainer to help develop the programme. Details can be found here: Oliver McGowan Lead Trainer

The team also has trainer opportunities for people with learning disability and autism to deliver the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training.  They are currently looking for people with lived experience of Learning Disability and Autism to deliver training to BSW Healthcare colleagues, both virtually and face to face with a supporting Lead Trainer.

If you have or know someone with a learning disability or autism interested in this opportunity, please contact