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Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice

Tuesday 21 April 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice

This event has now past, but there may well be news on the event including presentations and quotes from the day at our News pages here, a full list of our forthcoming events is available here.

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In April 2014 the government announced a drive to end face-down restraint. The new guidance forms part of a two-year strategy to overhaul the outdated use of restrictive interventions – such as face-down restraint, seclusion and rapid sedation – in all health and care services. The guidance stated that:

“Staff must not deliberately restrain people in a way that impacts on their airway, breathing or circulation, such as face down restraint on any surface, not just on the floor.”

“There must be no planned or intentional restraint of a person in a prone/face down position on any surface, not just the floor…. If exceptionally a person is restrained unintentionally in a prone/face down position, staff should either release their holds or reposition into a safer alternative as soon as possible. “

“Face-down restraint - or prone restraint, is when someone is pinned on a surface and is physically prevented from moving out of this position…There are concerns that face down, or prone, restraint can result in dangerous compression of the chest and airways and put the person being restrained at risk.” Department of Health, April 2014  

“Investigations into abuses at Winterbourne View Hospital and Mind’s Mental Health Crisis in Care: physical restraint in crisis (2013) showed that restrictive interventions have not always been used only as a last resort in health and care. They have even been used to inflict pain, humiliate or punish. Restrictive interventions are often a major contribution to delaying recovery, and have been linked with causing serious trauma, both physical and psychological, to people who use services and staff. These interventions have been used too much, for too long and we must change this.” Norman Lamb Minister for Care and Support

Chaired by Eric Baskind, Senior Lecturer in Law and International Expert on Physical Interventions Liverpool John Moore’s University, through expert sessions and case studies this conference will look at the practical implementation of this guidance a year on including in depth interactive sessions focusing on perspectives on the ban, ensuring staff are not put at risk, understanding restraint positions in terms of outcome, safety and efficacy Including alternatives to PRONE/Face Down Restraint, a detailed look at how Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust have implemented a ban on face down restraint in practice, alternative and emerging models of de-escalation, engaging with service users, ensuring incident investigation and debriefing and finally an extended legal update.

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