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Reducing and improving the use of Restrictive Interventions & Practice: Managing Acute Disturbance, Violence and Aggression

Wednesday 2 Mar 2022


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This virtual conference will focus on reducing restrictive interventions in line with new legislation, national guidance and the latest Care Quality Commission progress report, and ensuring adherence to the National NICE Quality Standard on Violence and Aggression. This focus on reducing restrictive practice is particularly important in light of Covid-19 pandemic where mental health services have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions (HSJ 5th June 2020).

“We identified ‘preventing the use of restrictive practices from increasing’ as a key area of focus for those working in mental health services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Royal College of Psychiatrists 2020

“We found too many examples of undignified and inhumane care, in hospital and care settings where people were seen not as individuals but as a condition or a collection of negative behaviours. The response to this has often been to restrain, seclude or segregate them… We also found that a lack of training and support for staff meant that they are not always able to care for people in a way that meets those individuals’ specific needs. This increases the risk of people being restrained, secluded or segregated… It is clear there needs to be fundamental change in the way care is planned, funded, delivered and monitored …. This change needs to be led by national and local leaders and underpinned by a firm foundation of human rights, to deliver a culture where restraint, seclusion and segregation are no longer accepted and are only used in extreme cases. We all have a part to play to ensure that this improves.”

Out of Sight, Who Cares? A Review of Restraint, Seclusion an Segregation, Care Quality Commission October 2020

“It’s of great concern to see a rise in the use of restraint ... Psychiatrists understand the shortcomings of the system that has led to such practices…Restraint of all forms should be avoided. In extreme situations restraint must only be used as part of a robust care plan agreed with the person with the aim of preventing harm.”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2020

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce and improve the use of restrictive interventions in practice
  • Reflect on the lived experience of people who have experienced restraint and how you can work with them to improve practice
  • Understand how to engage people to reduce anxiety and improve coping strategies during Covid-19
  • Update your knowledge national developments including the recommendations Out of Sight, Who Cares, the CQC October 2020 review of restraint, seclusion and segregation for autistic people, and people with a learning disability and/or mental health condition
  • Understand what restraint is and what it is not
  • Improve your skills in the anticipation, de-escalation and prevention of violence and aggression
  • Learn from outstanding practice as recognized by CQC in reducing restrictive interventions
  • Develop a quality improvement approach to reducing violence in your service
  • Understand how to work in partnership with police, and the police role in restraint 
  • Work with people with lived experience to better train and educate frontline staff
  • Understand new legal developments including the Liberty Protection Safeguards and implications of the 2019 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act
  • Develop effective post incident debriefing
  • Identify key strategies for reducing restraint and reducing harm from all kinds of restraint
  • Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our last conference on this subject would recommend the conference to a colleague

Chair & Speakers Include:

Eric Baskind

Senior Lecturer in Law, Consultant and Expert Witness in Violence Reduction and the Safer Use of Force
Liverpool John Moore’s University

Sarah Rae

PROMISE and Expert by Experience

Hannah Nicholas

Director, Mental Capacity Cat Limited; and Locum Adult Social Care and Health Solicitor

Dr Anthony Bleetman

Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Specialist Committee Member, Violence and Aggression National Quality Standard, NICE and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor University of Warwick Medical School

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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