In a previous blog we started to discuss the provision of training, specifically that of high quality physical intervention training. Now we turn our mind to the commissioning process, and how to make sure you get it right. It’s the art of quantifying and qualifying the difficulties that your staff may face, so that you give them the right set of solutions.

Physical Intervention TrainingIn today’s Mail a headline reads: ‘How to defend yourself against a knife attack: Martial arts expert reveals the TWO easy-to-learn moves that could save your life’. In essence what the article does is state the ‘problem’, i.e. knife attack, and then offer a solution. In this instance this comes in the form of self-defence techniques. One of these involves the person under attack disarming the other, with a technique that is a blend of Kung-Fu and kickboxing .

Of course knife attack is an emotive issue, and levels of knife crime are too high but is the prospect of facing one a reasonable foreseeability?; For a nightclub security operative the answer is quite possibly yes, for a Police officer almost certainly so, but for a support worker? Probably not. Although all of this is really just speculation of course. In order to truly answer the question in a meaningful way what you need to do is review data on previous incidents and record the types of situation that staff have had to contend with.  The past as they say often predicts the future.  At the very least it informs reasonable foreseeability.

So, building a meaningful training programme for your team requires you first to accurately determine the types of physically challenging behaviour that they will likely face, based on what they have contended with in the past. Securicare have produced a self-audit form that can be used to capture all this information. It’s simple and straight forward to use and can be downloaded HERE.

Once you know what staff are likely to be required to deal with then you can think about what knowledge and skills they need to manage such emerging situations. A general rule of thumb when formulating staff physical intervention training is that less is more, and the fewer are better. The less force staff use, the less likely they are to injure someone, and the less likely they are to get injured in a physical struggle themselves. The less force staff use the easier it is to preserve a person’s dignity as well as maintain the integrity of the therapeutic relationship. The fewer techniques in the syllabus the greater the likelihood that staff will remember them when they need to, and use them safely. As and when they do use techniques they should be recorded so that the programme can evolve and be refined. That way you are truly an organisation that is committed to evidence based practice.

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to ensure 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. SecuriCare are an ICM accredited Quality Award Centre, as recognised by the Dept. of Health in the Positive & Proactive Care guidance document.

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