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The BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme

PI training assessment
A BILD assessor observing training provided by an accredited training provider


Overview

The BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme provides external scrutiny of training providers (in an otherwise unregulated industry). The scheme focuses on universal elements of crisis management and supporting distressed people, and currently accredits 40 training organisations. Training around the use of Physical Interventions (PI) must be within a framework which underpins the reduction in the use of PI. 

The Scheme is an evidence based process of external validation of the quality of physical intervention training programmes delivered to the health, social care and education sectors. The fundamental process of accreditation is the provision of evidence that the applicant training organisation’s curriculum and trainers comply with all of the criteria set out in the BILD Code of Practice (2014). It does not in any way endorse the techniques but focuses on the robustness of the risk assessment. Above all, the focus is on ethics, theory and values.

BILD accredited training organisations, programmes, and trainers are required to promote:

  • Best interests, human rights and quality of life
  • An understanding that behaviour has a purpose and function
  • A balance of proactive and preventive approaches to reduce reliance on restrictive practices, as well as reactive strategies and de-escalation techniques 
  • Person-centred, individualised plans
  • The use of data to ensure reduction of physical intervention over time
  • Supportive teamwork when working with behaviours of concern
  • The importance of reflective practice, debrief and review
  • The importance of handing over when stressed
  • The importance of a bespoke approach to the inclusion of any physical skills

 

BILD accredits the training provider. CQC and Ofsted regulate service providers. If there was a concern over the training, BILD would address and if necessary suspend accreditation. If there is a concern over practice by a service provider, this is the role of CQC and Ofsted.

Adult health and social care commissioners, and learning disability and autism service providers make the BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme a requirement when commissioning training services, and increasingly, children’s services are requiring compliance with the Scheme also. 

Currently BILD are preparing to pilot the BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme overseas, and in low and medium secure acute and forensic Mental Health services under the guidance of a steering group which includes representation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Nursing, the British Psychological Society, the Care Quality Commission, and the Department of Health.

For further information please contact Liz Howells on 0121 415 6070 or email l.howells@bild.org.uk


Download this scheme overview  >






PITAS panel presentation

BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme panel members listening to a presentation from an appplicant for accreditation 



Frequently asked questions about the Scheme    

Below are some of the questions we are asked most often. There are many more in our document, Frequently asked questions about the BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme.

Download the full list of most Frequently Asked Questions >



Does the Scheme accredit PBS training?

The BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme is an evidence based process of external validation of the quality of physical intervention training programmes delivered to the health, social care and education sectors. 

The fundamental process of accreditation is the provision of evidence that the applicant organisation’s curriculum and trainers can prove adherence to all of the criteria in the BILD Code of Practice (2014). The panel accredits the training organisations, programmes of training, and individual trainers (who deliver an accredited training programme on behalf of the accredited organization). 

BILD accredited training organisations, programmes, and trainers are required to promote:

  • Best interests, human rights and quality of life
  • An understanding that behaviour has a purpose and function
  • Proactive and preventive approaches, as well as de-escalation techniques to reduce reliance on restrictive practices
  • The values of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) – please note that the scheme accredits PI training that promotes the values of PBS, but it does not accredit PBS training
  • Person centred, individualised plans
  • The use of data to ensure reduction of physical intervention over time
  • Supportive teamwork when working with behaviours of concern
  • The importance of reflective practice, debrief and review
  • The importance of handing over when stressed
  • The importance of a bespoke approach to the inclusion of any physical skills


This makes clear that BILD accredits PI training, it does not accredit PBS training. 

There is at present no national system of accreditation of PBS training. The PBS Academy is currently looking to develop a set of accreditation standards as a first and necessary step of the development of any accreditation infrastructure.   



PITAS panel documentation
Panel members assessing an appplicant's portfolio of evidence documentation



Which areas does the scheme cover?

The scheme accredits training that is delivered in any setting for the following groups:

  • Children and adults with a learning disability
  • Children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions
  • Pupils with special educational needs
  • Children with additional needs that may result in socially inappropriate behaviour(s)
  • Children with social and emotional difficulties associated with behaviours that challenge
  • Adults with learning disability and/or autism who are detained under the Mental Health Act 
  • Children and young people (up to the age of 19) who are detained in semi secure and secure settings or who are detained under the Mental health Act
  • Families and family carers, including foster carers, including foster carers, those offering short breaks and support to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and social emotional and behaviour difficulties 

 


Where can I find out which organisations are currently accredited?

The currently accredited training providers are listed here >

If you have a query please e-mail l.howells@bild.org.uk 

If an organisation is not on the list of accredited providers they may be in the process of making an application and BILD will be able to confirm if this is the case.

If an organisation has previously been accredited and does not appear on the list it may be that;

A. They have let the accreditation lapse

B. They have failed to meet the standards on re-accreditation, or

C. They have had their status suspended or removed within the rules of the scheme. BILD will not discuss why an organisation does not appear on the list we can simply confirm whether an organisation is currently accredited.

If you have a query about an individual’s status as a BILD accredited trainer, you should first of all ask for details of their Unique Accredited Trainer Reference number and if you are still unsure, check with BILD about the individual trainer, by emailing l.howells@bild.org.uk 



BILD Code of practice - fourth
The BILD Code of Practice for minimising the use of restrictive physical interventions: planning, developing and delivering training 


Since first published in 2001, The BILD Code of Practice for the use and reduction of restrictive physical interventions has helped raise standards and change practice for commissioners, training organisations and trainers.

The Code aims to help bring consistency to the development and delivery of training courses, and to the governance, policies and procedures of the organisations where the training courses are delivered. 

It recognises the key contributions of the organisations that purchase training, the organisations that provide training, and of the individual trainers themselves, by being structured in sections for each stakeholder group.

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How do I know if my organisation meets the criteria to apply?

Download the BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme eligibility form here >





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BILD PI Training Accreditation Scheme Induction Workshops


30 November 2016
15 March 2017

Birmingham

These events are suitable for all organisations who train in the use of physical intervention, who are considering whether they wish to apply for accreditation under the BILD Physical interventions Accreditation Scheme.

Download information about the workshops and a booking form >

If you need further information, please contact Liz Howells on 0121 415 6970 or email 
l.howells@bild.org.uk