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NICE Guidelines Plus TT / BILD / ICM Accreditation

Written by George Matthews

THE LATEST GUIDANCE for challenging behaviour and learning disabilities was published by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), yesterday. NICE state the guidance ‘will cover the care and shared care provided or commissioned by health and social care, in whatever care setting the person lives’.

The guidance, 'Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges' gives guidance on the care of children, young people and adults with a learning disability.See "Read More" for download information.

An additional document concerning Team Teach and ICM / BILD Accreditation can be downloaded from the "Documentation Link" on the bottom of the Home Page of the TT web site.

Gold Award, Accreditation and Medical Risk Assessments

Written by George Matthews

Congratulations to The Vale of Evesham School (Worcestershire), Addington School (Wokingham) and High Park School ( Bradford) They all have recently gained the TT Gold Award.

Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice

Written by George Matthews

This revised Code of Practice (‘the Code’) has been prepared in accordance with section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘the Act’) by the Secretary of State for Health after consulting such bodies as appeared to him to be concerned, and laid before Parliament. The Code will come into force on 1 April 2015.

This Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to registered medical practitioners,approved clinicians, managers and staff of providers, and approved mental health professionals on how they should carry out functions under the Mental Health Act (‘the Act’) in practice. It is statutory guidance for registered medical practitioners and other professionals in relation to the medical treatment of patients suffering from mental disorder.

26.70 patients should not be deliberately restrained in a way that impacts on their airway, breathing or circulation. The mouth and/or nose should never be covered and there should be no pressure to the neck region, rib cage and/or abdomen. Unless there are cogent reasons for doing so, there must be no planned or intentional restraint of a person in a prone position (whereby they are forcibly laid on their front) on any surface, not just the floor.

The Childrens Homes Regulations 2015 are now available online

Written by George Matthews

The Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 have been laid in Parliament. Along with this, the Guide to the Children's Homes Regulations including the Quality Standards, and the DfE consultation response report has been published on their website.

Misleading and inaccurate information regarding Team Teach Holds.

Written by George Matthews

I am aware that a number of local authorities and employers have been provided with misleading and inaccurate information concerning TT training and techniques. It would appear that these individuals and companies are trying to raise anxiety amongst professionals and services in order to pursue a "profit before people first" agenda e.g. the banning of certain positions and the notion of so called "illegal" holds, or the showing, out of context, of photographs of tt dolls being held inappropriately, the misrepresentation of national accreditation status and what it may mean for employers in terms of liability, etc. All in order to gain a commercial advantage by doing so.