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Comms Skills for Working with People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

 Online & Classed-based

All healthcare professionals in the UK are expected to have training in working and communicating with people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. However, a national survey performed by Mencap in 2018 found that still only 35% of medical schools in the UK provide some sort of training for their students in this regard, which is very alarming.

A YouGov survey of more than 500 healthcare professionals revealed:

- Almost a quarter (23%) of healthcare professionals have never attended training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability.
- Over 1 in 3 (37%) healthcare professionals think the quality of healthcare received by patients with a learning disability is worse than that received by patients without a learning disability.
- Almost half (45%) of healthcare professionals think that a lack of training on learning disability might be contributing to the avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability.

This is a 90 minutes workshop developed by OxCME in response to the above concerns. The course can be presented in either online or class-based modes. It is suitable for medical students, qualified doctors, allied healthcare professionals and anyone else working with people with neurodevelopmental disorders who wish to improve their skills in communicating with this group of patients. Professionals such as advocates, social workers, mental health solicitors and etc are also equally welcome to take this workshop. 

There is evidence that the online and virtual training of communication skills is both feasible and effective. However, the general impression is that they would not be as effective as classed-based ones; without much published head-to-head comparison studies to support or negate this impression. However, a head-to-head comparison of feedback from participants attending our workshops, has not shown any significant difference between the satisfaction and effectivity of two methods of deliveries. 

See some of the testimonials here>

The course uses different theories and teaching methods of adult learning to enhance the experience of its participants and make a long-lasting impact on their practice and how they support people with neurodevelopmental disorders:

  • Buzz Group

  • Brainstorming

  • Video demonstration 

  • Quiz

  • Group discussion/ fishbowl discussion

  • Role play


Fees and payment instructions:

£99 (you will be invoiced when a place is allocated to you)

£1000 for group registration (12 -24 participants)

For queries about the institutional rates please contact us


Cancellation policy:

  • Cancelled by the organiser (OxCME): full refund

  • Cancelled more than 28 working days in advance: full refund

  • Cancelled between 2-28 working days: 50% will be refunded

  • Cancelled within 1 working days or if the delegate fails to attend the course: No refund

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