We are certified by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Restraint Reduction Network

Friday, December 10, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Thornbury Community Services (TCS) has been awarded a certificate of affiliation to use a method of physical intervention known as ARC (Access, Respond, Care) accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Restraint Reduction Network.

By receiving this certification, we meet the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) training standards, a requirement for NHS commissioned services and an expectation for CQC regulated services across health and social care from April 2021.


What is RRN accreditation?

The RRN Accreditation Scheme recognises training programmes that include restrictive interventions, such as physical intervention techniques. The scheme covers training that delivers services for those with learning disabilities and autism.

The NHS commissioned the Restraint Reduction Network to advance standards following the publication of several cases that exposed the inappropriate use of restrictive interventions in healthcare settings.

Every NHS and social care provider in England that uses restrictive practices and supports those with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and dementia should comply with the RRN standards.

The RRN standards are designed to:

  • Protect people’s fundamental human rights and promote person-centred best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when distressed
  • Improve the quality of life of our clients requiring safe holding techniques and our staff supporting them
  • Reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice
  • Increase understanding of root causes of behaviour and recognise that many behaviours are due to distress
  • Focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions


What does this mean for TCS?

Our training is recognised for reducing the use of restrictive practices whilst demonstrating we are compliant with the RRN standards. We demonstrate our compliance with the national standards, which are designed to safeguard the clients we support.

At TCS, we emphasize the use of the least restrictive option where possible. Restrictive practice is required to maintain the safety of our clients, healthcare professionals, and, when necessary, the general public.

Our Behaviour Support and Training Lead, Rob Williams, has said, “Our level of training supports staff to recognise and prevent potential or actual aggressive behaviours. It helps to prepare staff for any situations that they are likely to face in their job role and gives them the skills to develop positive relationships that can reduce the potential for aggression and violence.”


You can learn more about our physical intervention training using the ARC model, its benefits and the feedback we have received from our nurses and support workers here.

If you’re interested in joining our team of learning disability nurses and support workers, register with us using the form below.