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Jim Thomas, Skills For Care advises how to develop a Positive & Proactive Workforce

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Jim Thomas, Programme Head Workforce Innovation, Skills For Care discussed the skills for care guidance on establishing a positive and proactive workforce.

Jim said we should stop simply training people and instead develop a knowledge and skills approach whereby staff understand the reasons behind the approach. 

Recognising that physical restraint should be the last option. We must always promote positive and person centred relationships.

Jim outlined questions professionals should be asking themselves when considering physical restraint, these can be found on page 15 of the following document and jims slides below

A positive and proactive workforce A guide to workforce development for commissioners and employers seeking to minimise the use of restrictive practice in social care and health.

Useful Links:
NHS Protect released a series of training videos to complement the ‘Meeting needs and reducing distress’ guidance document, as a tool to assist in challenging behaviour awareness training or as a standalone learning resource for healthcare staff. View the guidance document HERE

New advice for staff on the use of restrictive interventions for patients with difficult behaviour

Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions View here

Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions View here

Events of interest:


Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Tuesday 4 November 2014 London

Out of Hours Care in Hospital
Tuesday 2 December 2014 London

Leading your Organisation to Zero-Harm
Tuesday 9 December 2014 Manchester

Monitoring & Improving Patient Safety
Thursday 11 December 2014 London

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Wednesday 14 January 2015 London

Patient Safety, Incident Reporting, Investigation & Learning
Monday 2 February 2015 London

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23 October 2014


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