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Behavioural Support Strategies

Courses

2-3 Day BSS Proactive Strategies Pathway

The 2-3 day course is the course that your Instructors will be able to train once they have received their 4 day Instructors course, BSS can deliver this training as well.

This course is delivered to staff and others who support people whose behaviour can cause concern, these concerns may either be for the supported person themselves or for the wider service. It offers an introduction to analysing behaviour and looking at what the service or staff could do to prevent a recurrence of the behaviour, which is causing the concern.

The course has various elements including:-

  • The reasons behind behaviour
  • The legislative framework and guidelines for supporting people to manage their behaviour
  • Calming and de-escalation techniques that staff can use
  • The importance of communication
  • Positive, solution focused ways of working
  • The importance of staff reflecting on their practice
  • The Psychological impact of physical interventions, safe holds & break away techniques

Anyone who wishes to become an instructor has to have attended a 3 day BSS Proactive Strategies Pathway; this can be done through BSS or through their own organisation providing there is an established BSS course structure in place.

All staff attending the 2-3 Day BSS Proactive Strategies Pathway must attend an annual 2-3 Days Refresher for BSS Proactive Strategies Pathway each year.

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4 Day BSS Instructors course

This course provides members of your staff with the necessary skills to deliver a 2-3 day BSS Proactive Strategies Pathway on the management of behaviour that causes concern within your organisation following a Training needs Analysis of the service and their requirements.

The course involves training Instructors in the presentation of proactive approaches including behaviour analysis, calming techniques and a session on legal issues as well as a valuable opportunity to collaborate with other Organisations.

During the 4 days we also train the 15 Core Physical Interventions and self-protection techniques, which also includes the principles underlying their use, psychological impact and safety issues that they involve. At the end of the course new instructors are assessed and supported to develop or contribute to the training within their own organisations.

Instructors are provided with all materials required to deliver the 2-3 day Proactive Training, which can be adapted to fit your service needs following approval.

This course offers a cost effective way of training all support staff in the management of behaviour, which can be causing concern. It also provides members of your staff with an excellent development opportunity and an additional method of sharing practice within your own organisation.

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1-2 Day Annual Re-Certification Course

BSS Instructors are required to attend a one day annual Re-Certification Course which includes assessment of the Physical Interventions, Safe Holds & Break Away Techniques and Presentation Skills. This requirement of BILD ACT certification also enables BSS to ensure a high standard of ongoing training delivery throughout our BSS Instructor group and allows us to update Instructors in skills, changes to legislation or procedures etc.

Re-Certification days are arranged to allow Instructors to meet and collaborate with colleagues from other organisations. Discussion and cross fertilisation of ideas and training methods is encouraged to provide opportunities for course development.

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Personal Safety and Lone Working Pathway

Many of the principles of being proactive in response to behaviour that we may find causes concern remain the same whether you are working as part of a team or on your own there are some significant differences. This course is aimed at staff who may find themselves working alone in challenging situations.

The course has various elements including:

  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Risk assessment
  • Recognition early warning signs
  • De-escalation
  • Proactive Person-Centred Approaches
  • Legislative framework and guidelines for supporting people to manage their behaviour
  • Breakaway Techniques and Safe Holds
  • The Psychological impact of physical interventions, safe holds & break away techniques

This can be delivered within Organisations as a 2 day BSS Personal Safety & Lone Workers Pathway with no Break Away Techniques & Safe Holds or as a 2-3 day BSS Personal Safety & Lone Workers Pathway with Relevant Break Away Techniques and Safe Holds.

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Clinical Interventions

The general principles of being proactive in response to behaviour that we may find causes concern remain the same whether you are within a Clinical Environment or supporting people whose behaviour can cause concern. These interventions are aimed at staff who may find themselves working or supporting people within Dental Surgeries, Taking Blood, Giving Intravenous Injections or within other Clinical Environments.

All courses which include Physical Interventions, Safe Holds and Breakaway Techniques have been Biomechanically Assessed by The Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Human Performance Laboratory.

The aim of this study was to perform biomechanical analysis and risk assessment of all intervention (restraining) techniques, from the perspective of both the restrainer and restrained.In 2019 they were also assessed for the Psychological Impact on both the restrainer and restrained by Strathclyde University as part of the Biomechanical Assessment.

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