A learning disabilities training course developed and delivered by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the Physical Intervention Accreditation by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD).
The Trust is one of only five NHS organisations to have this accreditation, making it the first in Yorkshire to achieve the award.
BILD supports organisations to further improve the support they offer to people with learning disabilities. The Physical Intervention Accreditation takes around 12 months to achieve and is guided by criteria on how to provide safe services to people with learning disabilities and autism. Organisations that apply for the accreditation are assessed through formal observations and portfolio evidence.
The Caring Approaches to Aroused Situations in Learning Disabilities training course has been developed by Trust teams working in partnership from a variety of learning disability backgrounds. The training was created after the teams identified the need to further improve the system for violent and challenging behaviour in the Trust’s inpatient learning disability wards.
The training course is focused around the use of positive behaviour support plans which identify potentially disruptive behaviours and the things that trigger them. Along with strategies for diffusing this behaviour, the course also includes DVD footage of patients retelling their experiences of being restrained following violent behaviour.
The teams worked alongside service users to involve them in the training, which is expected to reduce the use of physical intervention as a result of using the positive behaviour support plan.
Simon Plummer, clinical lead for learning disabilities said, “We’re delighted to have been awarded the BILD accreditation, it’s a real testament to our staff who have proved to be invaluable throughout this process. Although it’s not a required accreditation within the NHS, it’s an indicator of quality and good practice within our service.
“Now that we’ve achieved the accreditation, we’re still looking to improve our system and routinely monitor developments in national policies that will support this.”