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Hoople awarded first licence to run PRICE training programmes

Friday 2 October 2015 9.46am

Hoople Training has become the first organisation in the country to be granted permission to run specialist physical intervention training under licence from PRICE Training.

The decision to grant Hoople a licence enables PRICE to significantly increase its training capacity. At the same time, Hoople (which has offered physical intervention training to its customers for many years through an alternative supplier) is now able to provide more flexible physical intervention training to meet the specific and often very specialised needs of its customers in both adults’ and children’s services.

All PRICE programmes are BILD (British Institution of Learning Disabilities) accredited and strictly regulated and monitored. Techniques used on the programmes are thoroughly risk assessed and subject to rigorous quality assurance processes, requiring trainers to undergo intensive training.
In order to comply with these requirements, Hoople’s lead trainer, Charlotte Watkins, took part in an intensive three day programme to transfer her existing knowledge and experience to become a PRICE instructor. She says: “Having this licence provides us with the opportunity to further improve what we currently deliver to customers. By working alongside PRICE, there is now scope to provide various services with a more ‘needs specific’ and ‘person-centred’ programme.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my PRICE training and it appears that our existing customers approve of the changeover too! I feel reassured by the values embedded within the PRICE courses. This is so important when supporting vulnerable individuals.”

Hoople is working with customers to introduce the new training programmes and to develop or renew the skills required, for example, when working with clients who have a learning disability and are displaying behaviours that may challenge. Each training programme is bespoke, developed following an audit of the specific service and by choosing from a number of alternative modules to complement mandatory sections on the value base, legislation and understanding behaviour to meet identified needs.

Based in Leominster, but with clients drawn from across the UK, PRICE’s customers include local authorities, fostering agencies, residential care providers, hospitals and health authorities. Training and Consultancy Director, Victoria Preece, says:

“All of our programmes are person-centred and have at their heart positive behaviour support – they are not courses that just focus on physical intervention; we encourage our trainers to look at the behaviours that are being displayed and to try and understand the motivation behind them. Challenging behaviours are usually a response to an unmet need and when we understand what that need is, we can better support the individual."

Preece adds: “I am privileged to be working with Hoople to pilot this programme. The team at Hoople has been very creative and supportive of this new partnership and we look forward to building upon this.”