Tulip Siddiq MP praises the NHS in North West London during emotive debate on autism and learning disabilities

Treat Me Right! learning disabilities and autism awareness training programme praised byTulip Siddiq MP

Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate on avoiding preventable deaths for people with autism and/or learning disabilities, Tulip Siddiq MP praised the NHS in North West London for our training programme Treat Me Right! and encouraged other areas of the country to learn from our work.

The debate was in response to an e-petition started by Paula McGowan, whose son Oliver died in a hospital in 2016. Oliver had autism and his family believes his death could have been prevented had there been a stronger understanding of his condition and how to make reasonable adjustments for him. The petition now stands at 50,000 signatures.

Tulip Siddiq used her speech to talk about Treat Me Right!, the North West London autism and learning disabilities training scheme, commissioned by North West London CCGs and delivered by non-profit social care provider Certitude across all eight boroughs. She praised the North West London training programme in particular for the fact that it is designed and delivered by people with autism and/or learning disabilities themselves, and she quoted a participant from Brent IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) who had undertaken the training. The participant described the training as “being given a pair of spectacles, after not realising you needed them.”

Treat Me Right! is a training programme, designed and delivered in partnership with people who have autism or a learning disability themselves, and rolled out across frontline NHS services in North West London. Following our entry and nomination to the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, the Tulip Siddiq MP has been aware of Treat Me Right in North West London, along with the four other MPs to nominate the programme: Boris Johnson, Virendra Sharma, Nick Hurd and Mark Field.

You can read the debate summary from Hansard here or watch it on Parliament TV here.