Vida Healthcare secures new certification

The Vida Healthcare board outside the brand new care home, Vida Court

Vida Healthcare has achieved certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards as assessed by the BILD Association of Certified Training.

These standards ensure the training is directly related and proportional to the needs of populations and individual people. Training should be delivered by a competent and experienced professional who can evidence knowledge and skills that go beyond the application of physical restraint or other restrictive interventions.

The certification not only improves training and practice, but it protects people’s fundamental human rights, improves the quality of life of those being restrained, reduces reliance on restrictive practices, and increases the understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs.

To achieve the certification, Vida Healthcare had to complete seven rigorous stages, including initial eligibility, a familiarisation workshop, self assessment, and review of the evidence by a panel of experts, including people with lived experience.

Bernadette Mossman, healthcare director at Vida Healthcare, said: “At Vida we recognise the need to provide the very best training, learning and development for our staff in order to deliver the highest quality care for residents.

“There is growing recognition amongst professional bodies and government departments that while the use of restraint may be necessary on rare occasions to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and must be minimised in therapeutic settings.

“We’re always looking for new ways to invest in our offering and secure accreditations which support the work that we’re doing. We’re so pleased to have achieved this certification for our Positive Interventions in Dementia Care (PIDC) programme, and we can’t wait to see the impact this has on our care offering and recruitment.”

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) is a registered charity which brings together organisations committed to providing education, health and social care services. The Network has an ambitious vision to reduce reliance on restrictive practices and make a real difference to people’s lives. The mission is achieved by sharing learning and developing quality standards and practical tools that support reduction in restrictive practices.

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