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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

28/03/20

The coronavirus pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on the health and social care system. We encourage everyone to act in the best interests of the people they are supporting to ensure they remain as safe as possible. Whilst there is inevitable impact on quality of life, it is important to ensure people receive the support they need wherever possible to maintain their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Clearly increased restrictions are necessary at this time to keep people safe and reduce the spread of the virus. However we need to continue to support people in the least restrictive ways possible to keep everyone safe.

In times of stress and crisis there is increased risk of reactive and restrictive cultures developing and we expect all certified training organisations and members of the (Restraint Reduction Network) network to be mindful of this and be offering extra support where needed.

Non-essential training is likely to largely be put on hold due to staffing issues and the risk of community infection. Face to face training events and particularly training that involves practising physical techniques carries elevated risk.

Where services continue to offer training (as it is a necessity for the service to ensure safety) it is paramount that NHS and government advice is adhered to and appropriate safety precautions are put in place.

We recognise that certification is not the priority for services during the coronavirus pandemic. We have therefore taking the following action:

• New applicants have a year to complete the certification (which is plenty of time). However where new applicants need an extension to deadlines within this period please contact certifications@bild.org.uk

•  We have temporarily suspended the requirement for annual refreshers during the pandemic

•  We have delayed the 20% surveillance of certified training until September due to the coronavirus pandemic

•  We have extended the deadline to ensure all affiliates services are approved until September

•  We have put in place options for remote assessments, monitoring and panel meetings for those that are able to continue with the process

We recognise this is a particularly difficult time for the health and social care sector. We are therefore contacting all in-house training providers to discuss if there is anything else we can do to reduce the pressure they are under at this difficult time. In the meantime if there is anything we can do to help please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe.

March newsletter

23/03/20

Each quarter we will be sending out a newsletter to organisations who have completed the certification scheme and those currently working toward certification, sharing news from Bild Association of Certified Training and the Restraint Reduction Network. You can read our first ever newsletter here>

 

Update for certification customers

16/03/2020

Dear certification customers,

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation from a public health perspective, we are committed to keeping you informed as a valued certification customer.

BILD association of certified training continues to operate on a business as usual basis for now.

We understand that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused you to re-think your training plans. We are also continually monitoring the situation.

Desk top certification surveillance of evidence continues as normal. You may have certification observations booked in with us and for now those visits will continue as normal.

If you are postponing training that we are observing, please be in touch for us to discuss alterative dates as soon as possible. Any other certification face to face meetings booked in may be rearranged to video conferencing meeting and we will be in touch with you individually to discuss arrangements.

Certification Team

 

13 MORE ORGANISATIONS MEET THE CRITERIA FOR CERTIFICATION AGAINST THE RESTRAINT REDUCTION NETWORK TRAINING STANDARDS

20/12/19

We’re pleased to announce that the following organisations have demonstrated their training services comply with the criteria set out in the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards, which will be a requirement for all NHS commissioned services and the Care Quality Commission from April 2020.

  • D.ESCAL8™
  • Elysium Healthcare
  • Lancashire CC
  • Maybo
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • NAPPI UK
  • Pamova Cymru
  • PBM ABMU
  • Positive Response Training
  • PRO-ACT-SCIPr-UK (Loddon School)
  • RESPECT Training Solutions
  • TCI Europe
  • West London NHS Trust

Each of these organisations have shown great commitment to ensuring training promotes a focus on prevention and reducing reliance on restrictive practices. We look forward to our continued partnership with each of them as they work hard to continually improve and develop their practice to minimise the use of restrictive practices.

Find out more about Bild Association of Certified Training here.

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

 

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

12/11/19

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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