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Celebrating organisations who have been granted certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards

MacIntyre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust have been granted certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019, with Bild Association of Certified Training.

These organisations have demonstrated their training services comply with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards, which will be a requirement for all NHS commissioned services and the Care Quality Commission from April 2020.

MacIntyre, South London and Maudsley Trust (SLAM), and Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust have all shown a great commitment to least restrictive practices and continuous improvement to ensure their services provide high-quality care and support, in line with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019.

Belinda Bradley, Head of Positive Behaviour Support and Interim Head of No Limits for MacIntyre:

“MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism through a range of educational and adult provisions. Developing our own training, in line with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019, has enabled us to achieve a long-standing ambition to develop a training journey for staff centered around MacIntyre’s Positive Behaviour Support strategy.  The vast majority of our staff finish this training journey before learning anything restrictive at all and our ‘Human Rights and Non-Restrictive Strategies’ training day means that many more teams are now able to respond to crisis behaviours non-restrictively: It bridges the gap between PBS and Physical Intervention (PI) training.

“The small number of teams who do go on to learn restrictive breakaway and physical interventions do so with a really clear understanding of ‘the MacIntyre Way’, of Positive Behaviour Support and of effective non-restrictive strategies.  Our Training Needs Analyses and Curriculum Plans then mean that these staff only learn what they need to support the person or people they support in their setting.  Our Training is delivered by our PBS team and by local Trainers who work in services where the training is needed.  This combination allows training to be really contextualised for staff as the trainers know the people they are supporting.  This also means that the trainers play an active role outside of the training room to embed learning through coaching, culture change and review of people’s plans.

“Working towards Certification against the RRN Training Standards through the BILD ACT Certification Scheme has provided rigour to further advance our training.  Feedback from staff teams so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing real reductions in restrictive intervention planning and use for individuals as a result.”

Lewys Beames, Lead Nurse – Reducing Restrictive Practice, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust:

“As a provider organisation with an in-house training delivery model, the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards have provided us with an objective stand point from which we could robustly assess the quality of our training. Our training, and moreover the way we, as an organisation, think about our training, has developed and improved significantly during the process of working towards certification.

“As a Trust, we realised that we were already intuitively working in line with many of the standards and the overarching principles contained within them. However, during the process we reflected that historically the course materials and content had developed organically rather than through a systematic, evidence-based process. The training standards certification process gave us the opportunity to work with greater rigour and develop a vastly superior training curricula which supports our aims to minimise the use of force in our services and better meets the needs of our service users and staff.

“For us though, this is just the start. The process of reviewing our training through the lens of the standards has highlighted areas where we can continue to push our own standards, for example through bolstering the involvement of people with lived experience and citizens from our community in designing and delivering our training. The certification process has given us the structure and the method whilst allowing scope for flexibility and creativity, meaning our training will continue to develop and improve over time.”

Tina Blackman, Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust:

“Here at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, which hosts and delivers PBS Sussex, we have a long standing commitment to our local restraint reduction agenda. We see the provision of a clinically informed physical intervention training, which has at its heart prevention and early intervention, as a key part of this. In partnership with local authority and third sector partners, we work to enhance our local service competency to support our most complex clients.

“The new Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 and Bild Association of Certified Training Certification Scheme have allowed us to improve the quality and relevance of our offer and to challenge us to improve our practice in a way which is based on rigorous standards, evidence based practice and strong governance. We are delighted to work with Bild Association of Certified Training and the Restraint Reduction Network to ensure we continue to challenge the use of all but essential restrictive practices and develop our competency around least restrictive practices and positive behavioural support.”

We look forward to our continued partnership with each of these organisations as they work hard to continually develop and improve their practice to be as least restrictive as possible and improve the quality of life of those whom they work alongside.

Find out more about Bild Association of Certified Training here.

Find out more about the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards here.

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