About the course
This free course is funded by Health Education England, alongside NHS England and Improvement, and the Quality Improvement Taskforce as part of a programme of work to improve the quality and experience of care for children and young people with mental health needs, Autism and/or Learning Disabilities.
A number of national reviews on the care of children and young people (CYP) with autism, a learning disability or both, highlight that the quality of care these young people receive is often not good enough. A fundamental challenge to the quality of care is having appropriately trained staff who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with CYP with complex needs.
All staff working within Tier 4 CAMH inpatient services need to have an understanding and working knowledge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at a level commensurate with the demands of their role. This is essential to address the environmental, social communication needs of young people; facilitate the delivery of appropriate interventions and reduce restrictive practice.
By attending this five day train the trainer course, you will be committing to becoming a champion of children and young people with autism and complex additional needs in the inpatient facility where you work. You will develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with these young people and will also be equipped to deliver training to all staff in your service. You will be joining a community of 200+ clinicians completing this training around the country who are passionate about improving the care experiences of young people with autism.
The training will be immersive, hands-on and dynamic. It will combine a range of evidence-based teaching methods including case discussions, videos, reflective discussions, role plays and experiential tasks. The course has been co-developed by children, young people and families who have autism and/or have experience with inpatient care. You will hear from these experts by experience throughout the training.
During the training and thereafter, you will have access to an online community of trainers who will support you as you take your training back to your inpatient facility. You will have access to resources, course manuals, reflective practice groups and refresher training sessions.
Attendees of this train the trainer course must work in inpatient Child and Young Person mental health services and must have the support of their Service Lead. Attendees should have sufficient experience and standing within the MDT to deliver high quality training to their colleagues. Attendees should work closely with young people with autism and be from a mental health or learning disability background across a range of occupational groups e.g. nursing and occupational therapy. Service Leads may wish to coordinate across their local services to determine appropriate staff to nominate for this programme.
If you fit the eligibility criteria and have the support of your Service Lead you will have the option to choose from one of the below course cohorts:
Course 1 – Tuesdays – 27/04/21, 04/05/21, 11/05/21, 18/05/21, 25/05/21
Course 2 – Tuesdays – 15/06/21, 22/06/21, 29/06/21, 06/07/21, 13/07/21
Course 3 – Tuesdays – 10/08/21, 17/08/21, 24/08/21, 31/08/21, 07/09/21
Course 4 – Thursday – 30/09/21, 7/10/21 ,14/10/21, 21/10/21, 28/10/21
Course 5 – Tuesdays – 16/11/21, 23/11/21, 30/11/21, 07/12/21, 14/12/21
Course 6 – Thursdays – 13/01/22, 20/01/22, 27/01/22, 03/02/22, 10/02/22
You cannot book this course directly through this website. If you are a Service Lead and would like to register your colleagues, or if you work in an inpatient setting and think you fit the criteria, please email CYPAutismTtT@slam.nhs.uk.
For any questions about the course content, please email the course lead, Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course presented by
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Dr Joshua Harwood
Clinical psychologist specialising in working with children, young people and families.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustRead more
Dr Sophie Browning
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustRead more
Dr Dan Hayes
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Bethlem Adolescent Psychiatric Intensive Care UnitRead more
Dr Iris Rathwell
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
national and specialist service for complex autism and neuro developmental disorders, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustRead more
Dr Marinos Kyriakopoulos
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
National and Specialist Acorn Lodge Inpatient Children’s Unit, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustRead more
After attending this course, participants will:
- Understand the challenges that children and young people with autism experience whilst on inpatient wards including safeguarding, culture, harmful practice and unconscious discrimination.
- Have in depth knowledge and practical skills for working with children and young people with autism. Training will be to tier 3 capabilities (Autism Capabilities Framework 2019) so the learner will have the skills to continuously drive improvements to quality of care.
- Be able to deliver high quality training to their inpatient colleagues on how to work with children and young people with autism.
- Be able to deliver three levels of training (foundation, core, advanced) based on the needs of their colleagues.
- Be able to conduct a training needs analysis of the inpatient setting that they work in.
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.