Treat Me Right! cited as best practice in Parliamentary debate

Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, mentioned Treat Me Right! in a parliamentary debate on avoidable deaths of people with autism and/or learning disabilities which took place recently (October 2018).

The debate was prompted by an e-petition by Paula McGowan, the mother of a patient called Oliver who is autistic and died in circumstances that his family believes to be avoidable. The petition calls for the introduction of mandatory training for health professionals to ensure staff fully understand autism and learning disabilities, to reduce avoidable injury and death.

Treat Me Right! provides learning disability and autism awareness training which is co-delivered by people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are able to talk directly about their experience. Ms Siddiq is aware of Certitude’s work in her constituency after Treat Me Right! was nominated by the North West London CCG for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards earlier this year.

Certitude provided information for Ms Siddiq’s speech including statistics which demonstrate the positive impact of Treat Me Right! She held up the work of Treat Me Right! in Brent as an example of best practice in this field.

The government has responded to the debate by agreeing: “We want all staff to receive the support, training and professional development they need to support people with learning disabilities and autism, in line with employers’ existing responsibilities.”

Health and Social Care Minister Caroline Dineage accepted the case for change and said that the government would consult on the details, and look at legislation in the next year. As part of this consultation process, Treat Me Right! trainers and staff will be part of a team hosting a MP’s Drop-In session at the Houses of Parliament. The event in November is being undertaken in partnership with Dimensions and Books beyond Words and will give MPs the chance to learn more about the difference peer-led learning disability and autism training can make.

You can watch a video extract Tulip’s speech here (full debate can be found on Parliament TV as well).