Securicare provide a number of care courses including preventing and managing Challenging behaviour training, ‘Breakaway Training’ and Physical intervention training. At the heart of all these training programmes is the drive to develop staff competencies that will be safe and effective back in the work setting. A significant part of developing such competence is the use of scenarios or simulations. These are useful tools but must be managed carefully in order to deliver value.

Simulation in Physical Intervention TrainingSimulation is a very powerful training tool because it allows the trainer to control the training process, including the time, intensity and multiple levels of reality that will inform the learners situational decision making. This involves the provision of a defined context, and introduction (or suppression) of real world complexities as well as ongoing feedback, within a nurturing and supporting learning environment.

Chris Knight, Head of Social Care Training at Securicare picks up on the topic, “When holding a person centred physical intervention workshop I will want to ensure we replicate the reality of the situations staff will face. So before I set up a scenario I will need to establish more about the service user or supported person, the behaviour they present and where it takes place. So for example if you were looking at interventions aimed at preventing self-injurious behaviour you would want to build the learning experience around the reality of the behaviour… Of course it goes without saying that we are considering such interventions as a last resort, and that they are only considered after all preventative and low key reactive strategies have been explored and exhausted, and the harm is a reality that needs to be effectively managed there and then… The point being it’s crucial that staff develop competence in new strategies and techniques within the context of the real world reality…”

“When looking at something like a physical intervention techniques the size differential between staff and service users’ needs to be taken into account when planning a simulation as this often complicates the application of techniques, as do any prevailing health conditions. Then we would look at the physical space within which the behaviour will need to be managed. All these things go to ensuring practice feels real. What I might do is add complexity to the practice by asking staff how they would respond if ‘x’ or ‘y’ happened.. Good practice makes people think… In my opinion the sum total of such a well-designed simulation goes a long way to preparing staff to work effectively in testing conditions, so much more so than old fashioned decontextualized practice..”

“Of course there are also risks to be managed… All of the attendant health and safety risks need to be factored in… Plus you also you have to consider the role of failure. Learning takes place when the feedback reflects reality. This means that staff need to contend with the prospect of failure and how they manage it… This requires very careful planning and needs to be anchored in reality if it is going to serve the learners… But when you get it right the power of the learning experience is multiplied exponentially..”

SecuriCare offer a range of training courses designed to ensure that staff are able to deliver optimal care and support. We offer a unique blend of online and classroom based sessions. All of our induction courses are put together by a development team comprising PhD and Masters’ Graduate Nurses with a combined 50 years of practice in Health and Social Care.

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