» Restraint Reduction Network Certification Scheme

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 makes provision for the oversight and management of the appropriate use of force in relation to people in mental health units. Alongside this in 2018 a new set of national training standards was commissioned by the NHS, which after wide consultation was published in 2019 by the Restraint Reduction Network. The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards provide a national benchmark for training services in the support of people who are distressed in education, health and social care settings.

The Standards are available here and endorsed by a wide range of professional bodies, government arm’s length bodies and charities. Find more details on implementation here.

UKAS has established a development project to enable accredited certification, so that training providers can have their training services certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

The Restraint Reduction Network licences certification bodies to use the Standards and requires certification bodies to be accredited by UKAS (national accreditation body) as complying with the ISO standards for service certification (ISO/IEC 17065).

If a training provider wishes to apply for accredited certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Standards, they will need to apply to a certification body (that is accredited to certify by UKAS).

 

* A training provider may be a commercial company providing training to a Service Provider OR a Service Provider directly delivering training services to its own staff

The Restraint Reduction Network published Training Standards in 2019

The Restraint Reduction Network is an independent charity that brings together professional bodies, government departments, people with lived experience, practitioners and academics. Commissioned by NHS, the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 provide a national benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in education, health and social care settings. The Standards are available here and endorsed by a wide range of professional bodies, arm’s length bodies and charities.

Certification of training services as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards

Training organisations can have their training services certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. The Restraint Reduction Network licences certification bodies to use the Standards and requires certification bodies to be accredited by UKAS as complying with the ISO standards for certification.

UKAS RRN Scheme Development Project. The UKAS accreditation process will provides confidence to stakeholders over the competence, impartiality and integrity of a Certification Body to certify a specific product or service (e.g. training service). 

UKAS has been work with The Restraint Reduction Network and Health Education England to develop a certification scheme for training services that include restrictive practices. The scheme requires training providers to demonstrate compliance with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

The scope of the Standards and scheme is across:

  • education, health & social care
  • across the UK
  • across the age range
  • across all populations including people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and dementia

A list of Certification bodies licenced by the Restraint Reduction Network and working towards UKAS accreditation can be found on the Restraint Reduction Network and Health Education England websites.

As per the recently published expression of interest announcement (see below) UKAS is looking to find out if any bodies are interested in (being licences by Restraint Reduction Network and accredited by UKAS to) certifying training organisations for their training services.

https://www.ukas.com/news/call-for-expressions-of-interest-accreditation-of-certification-bodies-for-restraint-training-services/

At the moment UKAS has only one applicant who plans to provide such certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards and Scheme, and that organisation is BILD Association of Certified Training. If any other certification body wishes to certify against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards, they can obtain a licensing agreement from the Restraint Reduction Network. They will also need to contact UKAS and apply for accreditation./.

Please note the training providers seeking certification for their training services should contact certification bodies (eg BILD Association of Certified Training) directly.