The PROACT-SCIPr methodology is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) practice developed to assist individuals with complex care needs and behaviour that challenges to lead an independent and fulfilling life in the community. Based on the values of the whole-person approach, PROACT SCIPr methodology aims to identify and prevent all the possible triggers that could stimulate behaviours that challenge in children and adults with complex care needs.

At Nurseline Community Services, we provide proactive and compassionate support to individuals with mental health needs and to individuals who display behaviours that challenge. Through using PROACT SCIPr methodology, we provide unparalleled care.

The Meaning of PROACT SCIPr

The PROACT-SCIPr is a framework based on positive behaviour research and practices that resulted in outstanding outcomes and minimised use of restrictive practices, designed to support people with additional support needs. Marion Cornick founded the Loddon School in 1988 and developed the PROACT-SCIPr methodology to facilitate the potential of students and help them to lead an active and meaningful life.

  • P – Positive
  • R- Range of
  • O- Options to
  • A- Avoid
  • C- Crisis and use
  • T- Therapy
  • S- Strategies for
  • C-Crisis
  • I- Intervention and
  • P- Prevention
  • r- Revised, used in the
  • U- United
  • K- Kingdom

The main goal of the PROACT-SCIPr programme is to provide safe and active engagement of people in the community whilst reducing the use of restrictive practices. The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach identifies distress early by forming functional communication with people to understand their needs and reactions.

When using PROACT SCIPr methodology, experts in the field provide support following specific guidelines based on the Loddon training, including:

  • Prevention (identifying triggers)
  • Early intervention strategies
  • Creating strong and trusting relationships with people
  • Creating a whole-person Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plan
  • Adapting the PBS plan based on a person’s needs
  • Reactive management – supportive physical interventions or strategies following the legal framework

The core value of PROACT SCIPr methodology is based on the understanding that each person has unique needs and desires that start from childhood but also continue in adulthood. Therefore, when implementing the proactive approach, the Loddon training may also involve educational consultants, parents, healthcare providers, but also organisations supporting adults.

The Goals of PROACT SCIPr

PROACT-SCIPr is a Positive Behaviour Support programme developed to meet the needs and expectations of children and adults with additional support needs to prevent behaviours that challenge and the use of restrictive practices.

Further goals of PROACT SCIPr include:

  • Improve the quality of life for people by providing fully skilled teams for crisis intervention
  • Implement a proactive and positive approach to avoid crisis and escalation in behaviours of concern
  • Foster confidence and independence in people with complex care needs and behaviour that challenge

The Positive and Proactive Approach

The positive and proactive approach in PROACT SCIPr philosophy strives to understand and meet people’s unique behaviours, needs and preferences to provide an independent and fulfilling life for individuals with learning disabilities, Autism and behaviours that challenge.

It defines how you work with people to ensure they have the best experience in daily life activities and quality interactions with others. It also helps clinicians meet the needs and well-being of the people they serve, ensuring they lead fulfilling lives.

Sometimes, due to a natural set of events, a person might feel a need to use behaviours that challenge to communicate their needs and emotions. The proactive approach identifies distress early on, and expert teams use PBS strategies to respond positively in a non-restrictive way.

Supportive physical interventions are used only when the safety of the person and those around them are concerned. The proactive approach is based on evidence and values following human rights, embracing the whole-person approach to caring for people with additional support needs.

Let’s take a closer look at the multi-component aspects of PROACT SCIPr methodology:

Positive Behaviour Support

  • Improving lifestyle
  • Environmental changes
  • Person-centred
  • Promoting/teaching strengths, skills and talents
  • Teaching/managing alternative modules

Whole-person Approach

  • Person-centred planning
  • Building trust and communication
  • Supporting environment
  • Leisure activities
  • Time for relaxation
  • Engagement in the community
  • Daily plans
  • Direct support strategies

Benefits of PROACT SCIPr Practice

PROACT SCIPr methodology has shown a multitude of proven benefits for people with complex care needs, including improved well-being and active social engagement for every individual in the community. With clinicians helping people engage in activities they love, we see a reduction in behaviour that challenge.

Benefits include:

  • Positive outcomes
  • Reduced need for restrive practices in crisis management
  • Person-centred care
  • The individual feels more successful, independent and with better self-control
  • Natural and positive reinforcement that results in living a fulfilling life

Reducing Physical Interventions with a Positive Approach

Reducing physical interventions with a positive approach involves implementing strategies and techniques that promote positive reinforcement, good communication, and prevention to minimise the need to use physical intervention. The primary purpose is to create a safe and nurturing environment by promoting well-being, dignity and respect for every individual in need.

Challenges with PROACT SCIPr and How to Overcome Them

Whilst PROACT SCIPr has a number of benefits, there can be challenges associated with its implementation. Here are some common issues related to PROACT SCIPr practices and what is the best way to overcome them.

Staff Training

One of the main challenges is ensuring that all team members receive comprehensive training on PROACT SCIPr techniques. Overcoming this challenge involves:

  • Providing regular and ongoing training sessions to all team members, including new hires
  • Using different training methods, such as workshops, online modules, and hands-on practice sessions
  • Assigning qualified trainers who have expertise in PROACT SCIPr techniques
  • Offering refresher courses and opportunities for team members to reinforce their skills

Consistency in Implementation

Maintaining consistency among different team members and settings can be challenging due to a complex set of factors. This can be addressed with:

  • Developing clear and detailed guidelines outlining the expected implementation of PROACT SCIPr techniques
  • Providing support and help with any challenge or issue that might arise while implementing PROACT SCIPr practices
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration and open communication among team members, encouraging them to share experiences and challenges to enhance consistency

Continuous Evaluation and Improvement

Evaluation and implementation of new innovative strategies are essential for successful PROACT SCIPr practices. To overcome the challenge, healthcare organisations can:

  • Establish a system for collecting data on the implementation and outcomes of the program
  • Regularly analyse the data to identify areas of improvement and make necessary adjustments to the techniques and support plans
  • Encourage feedback from team members, individuals, and their families to gain insights into the effectiveness and areas for improvement

PROACT SCIPr is widely used in the social and healthcare sector, as well as among organisations supporting adults and children with mental health needs.

We Offer PROACT SCIPr Training!

Nurseline Community Services is specialised in providing Positive Behaviour Support and crisis management solutions. Our clinicians are extensively trained in PROACT SCIPr methodology based on Loddon training from the Loddon school.

Following the Positive Behaviour Support policy, we train our clinicians to respond positively to every challenge they encounter and to improve the well-being of the people we serve. Our goal is to provide compassionate and proactive crisis de-escalation services through non-restrictive methods and to support people who display behaviours that challenge and individuals with mental health needs.

At Nurseline Community Services, we provide a wide range of free training to upskill your professional expertise and achieve your career goals and aspirations. With constant learning and improvement, our expert clinicians provide unparalleled care to the people we serve.