NHS Security Info – Free Download #5 – This brief addresses the uncertainty about whether or not the new Restraint Reduction Network Standards apply to providers of acute hospital services, by Jim O’Dwyer, Senior Consultant at AEGIS Protective Services.
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Are providers of Acute Hospital Services required to comply with the RRN Standards?
On 30th April 2019, Professor Tim Kendall, (National Clinical Director for Mental Health and Co-Chair of the Restrictive Interventions Oversight Group) and Professor Brendan Stone, (Professor of Social Engagement and the Humanities, Deputy Vice-President for Education – University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of the Restrictive Interventions Oversight Group) co-authored a communique from NHS England and NHS Improvement addressed to NHS MH Trust CEOs, Medical Directors, Directors of Nursing and to NHS Regional Commissioners on the subject of: RRN Training Standards (& Certification).
The communique announced HEE had commissioned the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to establish a process to deliver ‘Accredited Certification’ of training services as ‘complying with the Restraint Reduction Standards (RRN) Training Standards’, with a view to requiring all providers of NHS commissioned mental health and learning disability services to use ‘certified restraint training services’.
It also advised that, once NHSE/I, Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HEE were satisfied that Accredited Certification of training services was in place (anticipated to be in place by April 2020), the intention was to include ‘certificated training’ as a requirement in the standard NHS/I contract and for CQC to add this to their inspection framework.
The final paragraph said: “As the certification process take approximately 1 year to complete, we are encouraging all training providers to start the process of certification in spring 2019 ahead of UKAS Accredited Training becoming a requirement from April 2020”.
In January 2020, RRN published their ‘Training Standards ’