Guidance re COVID-19 and associated risk:
REVIEWED: 13th October 2020
As coronavirus cases continue to rise and the government issues new guidelines, we continue to monitor how best we can balance the wider risks involved. The consistent message has been to ensure effective hand hygiene, cover our face, and maintain space wherever possible. We continue to 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 responsible 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. Use of NAPPI physical skills is approved in such event providing staff members remain in certification and infection control procedures are followed.
NAPPI skills in the training room
Measures continue to be in place to protect both trainers and participants. We care about the safety of our employees and we care about the safety of your employees - our participants.
Attending participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and masks, plus continue the well-established procedure of regular hand-washing.
During training we:
- Complete health screening which includes a record of each participant’s temperature
- Provide hand sanitiser and face masks
- Maintain social distancing whenever possible
- Establish fixed partners ensuring participants have contact with the least amount of people possible
Where a delegate feels symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after attending a training session they must report this to their line managers immediately to initiate Test & Trace procedures. Course records will assist the process of differentiating between ‘contacts’ and ‘close contacts’, the advice for each having differing implications in the event of a positive test result being logged.
Trainer Development & Re-certification
NAPPI Trainer programmes and trainer recertification programmes continue in line with the above, facilitated from venues demonstrating a COVID Secure status.
We continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID cases in each area, establishing which areas attending trainers would be travelling from and ensuring this is considered within our planning of programmes.
Guidance has been issued to all Associate NAPPI Trainers working within our partner organisations, outlining measures to ensure a safe return to essential in-person training.
NAPPI Remote Delivery
This approach enables non-physical elements of NAPPI training to continue without any breach to social distancing guidelines. Training can in this way be delivered by NAPPI uk trainers and also existing onsite NAPPI trainers who can access materials at no charge.
Although developed for newly recruited or previously untrained staff members, this very different approach would serve equally well as an engaging format for refresher training. Bookings onto NAPPI Remote Delivery blocks can be made 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