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Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions

Tuesday 3 February 2015
Colmore Gate, Birmingham

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions

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This conference focuses implementing the new Department of Health guidance on Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions and on managing control and restraint in a way that is not excessive and that is respectful of service users. There is a focus on reducing control and restraint to a minimum level. Through national and legal updates, service user perspectives, and practical case studies of implementation in practice and an interactive session on restraint techniques, the conference will provide an invaluable and practical approach to ensuring the new national guidance is implemented effectively in your service.

The Department of Health has in April 2014, launched guidance aimed at promoting the development of therapeutic environments and minimising all forms of restrictive practices so they are only used as a last resort. The NHS Confederation Mental Health Group in collaboration with the Care Quality Commission, provides a summary of the guidance, highlighting what it means for providers in practice.

The guidance says:

  • all forms of restrictive practices should be reduced over two years
  • restrictive practices should only be used as a last resort in emergency situations
  • there is an objective to end prone (face-down) restraint
  • board members should be fully informed of their trust’s position on restrictive practices and the management plan to reduce their use
  • the board should identify an executive director to lead on recovery approaches and reducing restrictive practices
  • providers should publish an annual report on the use of restrictive interventions.
  • the Care Quality Commission will monitor and inspect against compliance with the guidance.


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