Keeley Ward - Focus on CGG

28th Jan 2013

The Clinical Governance Group was set up in 2012 by the Heathcotes group to offer a further line of support to managers and staff when dealing with complex cases and behaviours that were challenging the service.

It was felt that this line of support would bring all those experienced and skilled members of the team together to explore further behaviour protocols and that the team could offer proactive support before challenging situations could escalate into crisis for the individuals. This support is above the specialist behaviour team that Heathcotes currently employ.  The aim of the group is to provide clinical governance in respect of decisions made regarding the support and therapeutic interventions for support users with complex needs.  As well as this the CGG were identified to deal with wider projects such as restraint reduction programmes and the partnership with NAPPI UK.

Members of the group were carefully selected to include a wide range of specialities and experiences.

The current group consists of:

  • Keeley Ward – Behaviour specialist and experienced home manager
  • David Harrison – Director of Heathcotes group and experienced manager and regional manager
  • Tracy Mason – Regional manager and experienced registered manager
  • Allison Stafford – Learning disability nurse and experienced home manager
  • Sue Tideswell – Learning disability nurse and experienced home manager
  • Lynsey Hutson – Experienced and current home manager

In 2012 the CGG completed the following projects:

  • Development of a restraint reduction plan to implement into each service and this was successfully introduced into our East Midlands region and will be introduced into all other areas in 2013.
  • Revisit and rewrite of Heathcotes group restrictive physical intervention policy
  • Successful application to become a NAPPI centre of excellence
  • Development of a restrictive physical intervention mission statement and introduce a formal referral process for complex cases needing ongoing input

This has led to an overall reduction in physical incidents by 10% over the past year, even though we have increased in size!





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