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Is control and restraint used as a last resort in the NHS?

Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner & Ambassador spoke at today’s Reducing the use of restrictive interventions conference on:

  • ensuring all forms of restrictive practices are reduced over two years
  • ensuring restrictive practices should only be used as a last resort in emergency situations

Paul’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page

In his presentation Paul stated: 

"Everyone has mental health but its how the individual deals with it"

"We believe they are “experts by experience”

"Equal rights to all opportunities that life can provide"

"Core behavior- look beneath the behavior rather than drugs"

"Invest in people when first appearance"

"Cannot have blanket process so needs to be individual rather than general recovery"

"Person centered care- dorset is indivudal and governed by their own directors"

"Look outside the diagnosis and asking the patients what works and doesn’t work"

"Place of safety- communication and consistency is the points that can be lost"

"Individual needs and preferences- no blanket rules"

"Medication helps with acute symptoms but patients need to learn to look after themselves"

"How can help? Is the approach we need to adopt"

"Patients to take back control as mental illness is when you lose control"

Paul Scate’s biography

Paul Scates born and raised on the Jurassic coast in the Southwest of the UK. Educated at a top comprehensive school in Bournemouth Paul later attended university and received his BA (Hons) in Arts & Events Production alongside BA (Hons) in Public Relations & Marketing.

Paul still resides in Bournemouth but works and spends a good portion of his time in London as a creative events director and mental health ambassador.

Paul’s career has been vast and varied mainly due to his passion for life and his eclectic range of interests. Paul has a natural effervescence & gregarious nature which has allowed him to flourish and find his niche working within the entertainment & mental health sectors’.

Paul has worked within radio, music management, creative events, psychiatry, travel, catering & hospitality and lastly PR & marketing. Clearly a man who likes to keep diversity at the forefront.

One of Paul’s main passions is a genuine interest in people and he naturally carries a great humility for his fellow man.  He has a clear desire to enrich the lives of others and often works tirelessly for the good of various charitable organisations, most specifically within the spheres of mental health.

Paul now delivers talks and presentations to various audiences within the media, acute psychiatric hospitals, prison services, NHS England and parliamentary offices on a front end level dealing directly with service users, clinicians and other professional workers. Paul offers an advocacy structure which supports all of those involved. His future aims and objectives are to develop his role further within this capacity through targeting business owners, conglomerates and finally the world of education.

Paul clearly has a passion to be a voice for many; those who have been abused, those who suffer from varying mental health conditions, rape victims and also those who have experienced discrimination of any degree. Paul’s enlightenment through a realisation that as a well and recovered human being, illness nor adversities have to dictate our future lives and it is with this knowledge he has helped many. This has been Paul’s huge driving force and explains why he wishes to give back to society. It is also his reasoning for putting himself forward to appear as a main contributor to a channel 4 documentary highlighting mental health.

Finally Paul is currently working towards a change of certain policies which he hopes will eventually enrich the lives of others. He is a strong believer that for all he has been through should not be in vain and merely it was a journey he had to bear in order to make positive changes and to prove there is a better life for everyone.  Following on from his belief he has also commented “society needs to realise they actively need to take heed of the fact that we cannot castigate those with mental health nor persecute them for having such an illness or to further ostracise them through fear and ignorance. This kind of negative process creates a further sustained period of illness, shame, worthlessness and worst of all suicide. It really is time to change for the good of our nations.”

Some of the organisations Paul campaigns for:

Follow Paul on twitter: @paulscates

Also of interest:

Improving Services & Outcomes for People who Self Harm
Friday 13 May 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Services for Men
Thursday 19 May 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: The Use of Restrictive Interventions: The legal framework
Tuesday 7 June 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Wednesday 8 June 2016, ICO Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults: Supporting the Transition to Adulthood
Tuesday 21 June 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: paul-scates_1365.pdf

19 April 2016


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