The Loddon Foundation are fundraising for an Interactive Floor for the Sensory Room at the school.  This will help the children learn cause and effect, cognitive understanding and enhancing recognition skills, all of which is incredibly hard for our young people with complex sensory difficulties.

A team of staff from across the Foundation have signed up to take part in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 18th March to raise funds towards purchasing an amazing piece of sensory equipment for the children.

‘Glo Runners’ consist of Nicky from Loddon Training & Consultancy, Pauline, Pam, Joel, Jez and Alan from The Loddon School.

For more information please click here for Fundraising Poster & if you would like to donate to our Just Giving Page click here


PBS Planning Course

This course is for PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors who are employed in education, social care or healthcare services who are leading a team of staff in the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support for individuals with Learning Difficulties, autism spectrum conditions or complex needs.  This course will help to further develop their skills and knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support Planning, enabling them to contribute to the development and implementation of Multi-element Behaviour Support Plans within the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Whole Approach.

Please contact us for further details.

Conference Awards 2017

Loddon Training & Consultancy – PROACT-SCIPr-UK®

Award Ceremony 2017

Each year at our annual conference we hold a Dinner & Awards Ceremony where we acknowledge the good work of both individuals and organisations in the implementation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® by holding a celebratory dinner and award ceremony.

This year we will be holding our Ceremony on the evening of Thursday 28th September at The Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke.

We would like to invite you to nominate colleagues that you feel have achieved something outstanding in the past year.

The Award Categories are:

Instructor of the Year Award

This award acknowledges the important role of a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor within an organisation.
The PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor is the key to the successful implementation of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK®
approach and the provision of positive individualised support.

Marion Cornick Award for Innovative Practice

This award recognises innovative approaches to the implementation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK®,
pushing the boundaries to achieve positive outcomes.

Best Practice Award

We are looking for an individual or team that has offered exceptional support and encouragement to an individual
or individuals supported by their organisation within the past year by utilising a whole approach to make a
difference for them and enabling them to live a fulfilling life.

All awards will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel.

Closing date for nominations is 31st July 2017.

Click for Award Nomination Form




STopping the Over Medication of People with a learning disability, autism or both.

Loddon Training & Consultancy through the delivery of it’s PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training programme to organisations large and small throughout the UK support the STOMP principles.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® is a ‘whole approach’ to support, incorporating positive behaviour support principles and person-centred planning.

For more information: 20170426 STOMP provider briefing

Restraint Injuries at Special Schools

The report from the BBC’s ‘5 Live Investigates’ highlighting high levels of ‘restraint’ and injuries of pupils within Special Schools is deeply concerning. The lack of transparency regarding the use of restraint in schools, with more than 80% of Local Authorities purportedly not holding records regarding the use of restraint or of injuries arising from the use of restraint within schools in their areas, is particularly worrying. Within PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, we recognise the need to minimise the use of physical interventions and to emphasise sound behavioural support strategies based upon an individual’s needs, characteristics and preferences. With a focus upon positive and proactive approaches, this seeming over-reliance on restraint, which frequently causes injury and distress to the individuals concerned, would be unnecessary.

BBC’s ‘5 Live Investigates’

Effectiveness of PROACT-SCIPr-UK Research

Research Blog February 2017

Over the years the Loddon Training & Consultancy have gathered an abundance of anecdotal reports and case studies, from the Loddon School, our sister company Liaise Loddon and PROACT-SCIPr-UK® commissioning organisations, through PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors. To evidence the benefits of organisations implementing the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy. To improve the Quality Of Life and wellbeing for both individuals and their support networks, to include support staff, parents/carers and siblings.

However personal experiences and anecdotes are not enough to demonstrate that an intervention works, as discussed by White et al (2013). Who recognise that whilst anecdotal evidence can inform research studies they are not a systematic measurement to indicate the effectiveness of an intervention. Therefore to support the dissemination of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® and consequently improve Quality of Life outcomes, for individuals who would benefit from the implementation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® as part of their person centred support. The Loddon Training & Consultancy need to ensure the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework is an evidence-based practice. And this is where my role as the organisation Research Associate comes into play. The Loddon Training and Consultancy must focus upon developing our research agenda, to provide a valid and reliable evidence base to support the implementation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK®.

A literature review undertaken by Andy McDonnell in 2009 into the effectiveness of training in physical interventions (although this is not the focus of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy, as I am ensure you are aware). Identified that this sector of the training industry is primarily based on anecdotal evidence, and a research evidence based approach is the only way forward to evaluate the effectiveness of such training. He concluded that organisational culture and leadership is a variable which was not evaluated in the studies identified for the review. However was an important influence on the effectiveness of staff training in physical interventions, concluding that it was a deficiency in training outcome research. Culture and leadership is an important aspect to support the successful implementation of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy within an organisation and this will be at the forefront of our research projects.

The main aims of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy are outlined below. The research projects we will be undertaking should evidence these aims; and direct the Loddon Training & Consultancy’s research programme.

The PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy aims:

  • To improve the quality of life & wellbeing for the individual, family/carers & staff
  • Enables staff to become mindful practitioners
  • Provides access to a training programme that focuses on positive approaches
  • Provides a framework for organisations – to support the culture and leadership of an organisation, an important aspect I just discussed

Recent Research Project:

A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training for staff and the dissemination within organisations who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was recently undertaken.

The study focused upon large organisations and the effectiveness of the dissemination of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy. The purpose of the project was to consider and demonstrate how the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® ‘Whole Approach’ translates to different organisations; and is communicated and cascaded to staff. The purpose of the project was also to consider the partnership between the Loddon Training & Consultancy and organisations; and how this may be enhanced and developed in the future.

The purpose of the project:

  • Undertake an empirical pilot study.
  • To determine the effectiveness of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training for staff who support individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Identify the philosophy/values, procedures and structure of organisations (culture, leadership, policies etc.) which influences and impacts the effectiveness of the dissemination of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy.
  • Through the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. The potential benefits of the project:
  • Loddon Training & Consultancy:

Evaluate, reflect, revise and develop the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® philosophy for organisations and their staff teams and ultimately the individuals they support.

  • Organisations & Staff:

Advice for PROACT-SCIPr-UK® commissioning organisations to increase the effectiveness of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training and implementation.

  • The Individual – Family & Carers:

Quantify the impact of the implementation of PROACT-SCIP-UK® for individuals and their families and carers, focusing upon Quality of Life outcomes and further development of these.

  • Commissioners:

To support good practice based on evidence and outcomes particularly when social services and commissioners are considering future placements and proposals.

This research project was completed in Spring 2016, please see the associated reports for the findings:

I will provide regular research updates via this blog.



Outreach – Zambia to speak at conference


Marion Cornick MBE has been the driving force behind the implementation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® in Zambia over the past 6 years.  Marion has travelled the long journey each year to provide training and support to the staff from UTH Special School, Lusaka.

It is with great pleasure that we will be welcoming Victoria Banda and Dorothy Chileshe, Teachers from the UTH Special School to share their experience at our Autumn Conference.
‘Positively Supporting Individual Development through addressing Communication and Sensory Needs’ – 19th & 20th October 2016.

They will share their story of how they have introduced the Loddon Approach into their school.  This will be a great opportunity for you to hear all about our outreach work and how this has benefitted the many staff and children of the school, and also an opportunity to meet Victoria & Dorothy.

If you haven’t already done so, please contact us to reserve your place at the conference by emailing [email protected].
This is always an inspiring event where attendees take away lots of new and exciting ideas, meet lots of like-minded people all wanting to do the very best for children and adults with special needs.

For more information on our Outreach programme in Zambia contact [email protected]

Hampshire Positive Behaviour Support Network

Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence based approach to reducing restrictive practices for people with learning disabilities. We would like to start a Hampshire Positive Behaviour Support Network that aims to improve the quality and availability of Positive Behaviour Support in Hampshire.

We would like to invite you to our initial meeting on 24th March 2016 at 1pm. The meeting will be held at Field House Barn, Chineham Lane, Basingstoke RG24 9LR (Sat Nav use postcode RG24 9GF – the turning is opposite Charlbury Lane, look for the Loddon sign).

The initial meeting will be to establish interest and address the following:

  • How often the Network should meet
  • Content of future meetings
  • Key membership of the network.

This meeting will be of particular interest to:

  • Families
  • People with learning disabilities
  • direct carers
  • Health professionals
  • People who commission adult and children services

This event is open to all but numbers are limited, so if you would like to attend please email Janet Bromley – [email protected] to confirm your place

This event has been organised by The Loddon Foundation, PBS4 and Care4Claire.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Practitioners Win Industry Awards

CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie Hovey of Care UK for winning and to Cairi McKensie from Autism Initiatives for being awarded Highly Commended the BILD award for Outstanding Practice in Positive Behaviour Support.

Well done also to Cairi McKenzie, Yvonne O’Neill, Nicola Manners and Ailish McMeel of Autism Initiatives for being commended in the category of Innovative Practice in Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities through Positive Behaviour Support.

We are really proud of their achievements using the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® approach. Well done!