What is the role of a ‘Physical Intervention’ trainer? A recent SecuriCare ‘Train-the-Trainers’ course led to an interesting discussion on the nature and extent of the job.

In answer to the question posed at the start of the course, ‘Why are you here?’ one answer was: ‘To learn the how to do the techniques so we can show others’. This led to an exploration of what was meant by the term to ‘do’. If to ‘do’ was simply to replicate the sequence of moves that constitute a particular technique and then ensure that the next student in the chain is able to reproduce it then then that wasn’t the extent of the role. A true PI trainer has to ensure he or she does much much more.

A P.I. (Physical Intervention) trainer has to ensure the student understands and knows ‘when’ to use the techniques as well as ‘how’. There has been a litany of incidents over the years whereby service users (including vulnerable adults and children) have been needlessly exposed to P.I. techniques/force because the absolute criteria for application have not been fully explored and nailed down. Should P.I. techniques be used uphold good order and discipline, prevent harm or deescalate a distressed individual? If P.I. trainers don’t know then neither will learners?

What are the risks arising from P.I. use? And how are they managed? The latest thinking is that prohibitions on pain compliance techniques and the prone position definitely have a role in preventing harm (or even death). But only up to a point. There are other mechanisms of injury that need to be fully appreciated and understood if a staff member is ultimately to apply a P.I. technique safely. Whose job is it to ensure that staff actually understand the multifactorial nature of harm? Answer: Our good friend the P.I. Trainer.

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to ensure that nominated trainers can help staff to respond safely and effectively to any ‘Challenging Behaviour’ that may occur, including the application of ‘Physical Interventions techniques’. All programmes are finalised after full training needs analysis and delivered by experienced frontline practitioners. Click to see our ‘Preventing & Managing Challenging Behaviour’ Course which includes ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ techniques designed to minimise the need for any kind of restrictive intervention. You can also take a look at our person centred Behaviour Planning Service.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442