Guidance re COVID-19 and associated risk:
Updated: 30th March 2020.
Now that the risk to the UK has been raised to high, the Government has advised the social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We recognise that social distancing is really difficult for those who work in health and social care, especially when supporting individuals who display Behaviour of Concern.
Using NAPPI skills in the workplace
Practitioners (supported by their organisations) need to take a sensible approach to risk, weighing up the risk of infection transmission, against their Duty of Care and Safeguarding responsibilities.
Proactive primary prevention strategies are always the best option, rather than secondary and tertiary strategies. However, not initiating a restrictive physical intervention, when the rationale to use such skills would ordinarily be clear, will likely result in significant injury or fatality.
If restrictive physical intervention is required to support an individual who is known to have (or showing signs of) COVID-19, then Personal Protective Equipment should be made available.
NAPPI skills in the training room
Our current position is to recommend that all non-essential training is rescheduled. Moving bookings to a later date will not incur cancellation charges.
When a risk assessment determines a need for training to continue we remain able to support organisations.
All employers will have issued guidance to their teams and will no doubt be well prepared. Taking into account current guidance, only participants with symptoms of Coronavirus, or who have been in close proximity to others suspected, or known to have the infection must not attend essential training. Attending participants are being encouraged to prepare by bringing their own water bottles, alcohol hand gel and continue the undoubtedly now well-established procedure of more regular hand-washing.
Further details will shortly be available regarding an alternative approach to the delivery of training using a distance learning approach for non-physical content. This approach will be particularly helpful to staff in self-isolation or lock down, accessing training at times when active staff members are more stretched.
Re-certifying trainer skills in the training room
NAPPI Onsite Trainers are authorised to complete competency checks. Full details within your Trainer Accounts (Additional Resource Section).
For further information on the competency checks CLICK HERE
This information is given, based on current Government advice. NAPPI uk will update this guidance when further information and advice becomes available.
Director of Quality