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New report evaluating the Implementation of RRN Training Standards in Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) welcomes findings of a new report, published this month, “An evaluation of the implementation of the ‘Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Training Standards’ in mental health and learning disability settings.”

Since April 2020, it has been a statutory requirement that organisations delivering training on restrictive practices must be certified as meeting the RRN Training Standards.

The report, conducted by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing, sought to evaluate the extent to which the RRN Training Standards had been adopted and implemented by training organisations who were either certified or in the process of working towards certification.

Key findings of the study were that:

  • The Standards are recognised as an important factor contributing towards wider cultural shift in the use of restrictive practices. This is about moving to a person-centred, trauma-informed care approach to training, focusing on prevention and de-escalation
  • The implementation of the RRN Training Standards have raised quality of training in certified organisations
  • The mandatory Training Standard have provided organisations with a form of leverage, reassurance or legitimacy when trying to implement strategies to reduce restrictive practice across services.

The report also acknowledged challenges experienced in implementation of the Training Standards and provided some recommendations to support implementation going forward.

Recommendations for Training Standards

  • Develop accessibility (e.g. accessible summary, visual diagrams, key principles)
  • Outcome focused (e.g. Kirkpatrick model)
  • Support with sharing best practice in co-production
  • Alignment with RRN’s Towards Safer Services

Recommendations for Certification

  • Establish key point of contact for answering queries in timely manor

Recommendations for Implementation

  • Expand the mandate for the standards, for example in acute settings, the devolved nations, within education

Alexis Quinn, RRN Manager/Coordinator, said:

“We welcome the evaluation’s findings and are encouraged to see the implementation of the RRN Training Standards supporting improved practice within mental health and learning disability settings in the UK.

“The report demonstrates the positive impact that adoption of the Standards has on changing cultures and promoting restraint reduction – it highlights the need for these Standards to be implemented more widely. The Standards should be adopted across the devolved nations, in acute care settings and within schools and education to reduce over-reliance on restraint.  They will also ensure better standards of care and support, offering wider protection for the rights of vulnerable people.”

To read the report in full, please click here

You can access a presentation looking ahead to Version 2 (2023) of the RRN Training Standards here

For further information on RRN’s Training Standards, visit: