Heathcotes welcome new training standards with Group-wide implementation programme

Heathcotes welcome new training standards with Group-wide implementation programme


Initiatives to promote best practice throughout the care sector are always valuable and Heathcotes Group welcome the introduction of the Restraint Reduction Network (RNN) Training Standards 2019. They will be mandatory for all training with a restrictive intervention component and implementation will be via commissioning requirements and Care Quality Commission inspection frameworks from April 2020.


There is growing recognition among professional bodies and government departments that, whilst the use of any kind of restraint may on rare occasions be necessary to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and must be minimised in therapeutic settings. NHS England is leading a significant improvement programme to reduce restrictive practices. As part of this work, NHS England has commissioned the RRN to develop standards for the training, prevention and use of restrictive interventions. A process is being developed for certificating training with a view to all providers of mental health and learning disability services using approved training providers.


Heathcotes’ training provider, NAPPI uk, is working with BILD ACT (Association of Certified Training) towards certification of their training as compliant with the RRN Training Standards.  NAPPI uk is on target to become one of the first organisations to gain certification and will be working with Heathcotes to apply a similar process throughout our organisation. The RRN Training Standards have replaced the BILD Code of Practice and aim to facilitate culture change and not just technical competence.


Tracy Johnson, Director of Operations (Southern), said:


“The approach advocated by RRN Training Standards shares many characteristics with Heathcotes’ existing model for Positive Behaviour Support and we have commenced a Group-wide implementation programme to formalise our compliance throughout the organisation. In addition to improving training and practice across the care sector, RRN Training Standards promote person-centred, best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed. They advocate a reduction in reliance on restrictive practices by promoting a positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice. They will also increase understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs. These are values and objectives which Heathcotes have always wholeheartedly supported.”


As part of the RRN Training Standards implementation, the delivery of Heathcotes’ training programme will focus on the skills our employees need to support their individual service users within the service at which they work. A Training Needs Analysis for every service will be produced by the Registered Manager. A Restraint Reduction Plan will be reviewed annually, by each individual service and organisationally, and a new Positive Behaviour Support Plan will include the NAPPI scales and the risk assessment produced by each Registered Manager.


The introduction of this programme within Heathcotes’ established training matrix will be beneficial to existing and new employees throughout our organisation. We are pleased to report a very positive response from our services nationwide, reflecting their strong belief in the principles of the new framework and the opportunity it provides for continued professional development.

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