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Training, Events and Courses

Please see below sections for up and coming events, courses and training.

Skills for Care training and development sessions for LD and autism social care workforce

Skills for Care are holding some events for staff working in services that support people with a learning disability and autistic people. To attend these workshops you must be a manager in a service that supports people with a learning disability and autistic people in the Midlands. Please click on the links below to find out more information.

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Young People - dates available throughout 2020

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. This course is tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18.

Each and every Youth MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

This training is on offer for the Nottingham City Children’s Workforce (Voluntary and Community Sector and Health Service).

The training is offered as a half day course or 2 day course, please see the flyers and booking form for further information using the links below or in the downloads section of this webpage.

Cascading Leadership

Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and wellbeing organisations in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support. 


It is built on a peer-to-peer model where an experienced VCS leader (a consultant) supports another VCS leader who is seeking support (a partner). Consultants and partners are matched together in pairs. They meet at least five times over a period of nine months where the partner has an opportunity to work through organisational issues and receive support. The consultant also benefits from being stretched to develop their own leadership and skills, while being supported and supervised by senior staff at The King’s Fund. There is no charge for the programme, which is valued at £5,800 for each pair.


The next course starts March 2020.


Applications are especially welcomed for consultants and partners from Black and minority ethnic communities, as people from these groups have been underrepresented on previous courses.

Click Here for more information

Autism E-Learning PowerPoint Training (Ongoing)

The Autism e-learning course is designed for anyone whose job may bring them into day to day contact with people with Autism including practitioners working for Local Authorities, Health, Housing, District Councils, Police and Education Services. It is also for members of the public who may find it interesting and useful as a resource.

The course aims: To cover the ‘basic awareness’ level of skills and knowledge as described in the Autism Skills and Knowledge list produced by Skills for Health, Skills for Care.

 These are:

  • Understand what autism is and how it might affect the individual’s social interaction, communication and imagination
  • Understand how having autism can impact on mental health
  • Be able to identify adults who may be on the autism spectrum
  • Understand different ways of supporting, interacting and communicating with autistic people
  • Reflect on your own working practices and the client population you support.

To find out further information and to access the training please click here.

Improving the care of our residents – LPZ project - participants wanted

The East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative launched a new tool to support care home staff to improve the care of their residents in November 2015, and this was expanded and repeated each year since.

Older people living in care homes often have complex health and social care needs. As a consequence they are vulnerable to complications of long-term care including pressure ulcers, falls, malnutrition and difficulties with their continence.

At the moment there is no reliable measure of how many people in care homes are affected by these problems. This makes it difficult for care homes to know what works in reducing such problems and in choosing the right steps to improve.

We have been working with a number of care homes across the East Midlands to introduce an internationally renowned audit tool (LPZ). LPZ has been used for a number of years across Europe to understand these care problems in more detail and help staff improve, leading to enhanced quality of care for residents.

What LPZ Involves

LPZ works by collecting information about residents alongside a “top to toe” skin inspection, on an agreed date each November. The information required will be known to care home staff such as medical condition of each resident and details of their care needs and problems such as falls and continence status.

As soon as a care home has completed its data entry, they will be able to view their results on-line. Two weeks after the audit, homes will also be able to compare their performance against other (anonymised) participating homes, and for those homes taking part in previous audits they will be able to compare results from previous years audits.

Care home staff will allocate each resident a number, so that they know who has been audited. The number will not allow anybody outside the home to recognise the resident in any way. Using this number, anonymised data will be uploaded onto a secure internet server. The data will then be sent to the Netherlands, where it will be analysed using a computer algorithm which has been developed and tested in all other countries using the LPZ.

For further information and for details about how to get involved please download the LPZ information leaflet from the downloads section of this webpage.

Certification of Training in Restrictive Practices

As part of the NHS England national improvement programme to reduce restrictive practices, the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) was commissioned to develop standards for training for the prevention and use of restrictive interventions.

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) is an independent body that brings together government departments, professional bodies, people with lived experience, practitioners and academics. It is a coalition of the willing who are passionate about restraint reduction and human rights.

The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards (2019) aim to facilitate culture change, not just technical competence. The Standards are designed to:

  • protect people’s fundamental human rights and promote person centred, best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed;
  • improve the quality of life of those being restrained and those 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 the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs;
  • where required, focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint.

The RRN Training Standards were published in April 2019 and are available on the RRN website. These standards provide a national benchmark for training in restrictive practices and have been endorsed by a number of professional bodies, charities and arm’s length bodies.

For further information please download the Restraint Reduction Network documents in the downloads section on this webpage.

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