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The definition of restraint and of recovery is at polar opposites

Paul Scates Peer Specialist at Dorset Mental Health Forum spoke at today’s Prone/Face Down Restraint conference

Paul stated:

“We believe everyone has an equal right to all the opportunities that life can provide”

Proactive approach, “deal with underlying issues to avoid physical intervention”

“The greater danger for most of us is not in setting our aim to high and falling short, but in setting our aim to low and achieving our mark” (Michelangelo).

“We must put the person at the centre of care, make the frameworks and models fit the individual, not the other way around.”

“The definition of restraint and of recovery are at polar opposites – difficult to have recovery if restraint becomes necessary.”

“Well being and recovery partnership is the way forwards.”

Recovery Care plan reviews – involvement of the person, support, who is doing the talking?  Review everything, not just mental health – think about tangible and intangible techniques and strategies (nutrition, exercise, work & career, socialising, rest), monitor warning signs (too much sleep, withdrawing)

Try and communicate ‘beacon of hope’ to patients as hospital can be a very scary place.

Paul Scates' full presentation full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Paul Scates' biography

Paul Scates was 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 describes himself as ‘stable’ at this part of his life but this has not always been the case and has been no mean feat. Paul lives with Bipolar II and it has historically crippled him for extended periods of his adult life. Paul defines that through insight and actively researching his bipolarity, his condition is now under control through a program of self- management which combines medication, diet, exercise, supportive network of family & friends alongside health professionals. Paul is never complacent and fully advocates to others that he must always following his plan if he wishes remain well, as it is a lifelong challenge which can fluctuate at varying times. However as anyone who now meets him will see he is a well-grounded and fulfilled chap.

A pivotal moment of change for Paul was an admission to a day hospital only four years ago where he realised for the first time in his adult life he needed to accept his illness and take charge of his wellbeing & recovery. 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. With this in mind Paul is extremely focused to narrate his journey and to talk through the strategies and tools for which people can implement and are so vitally imperative to one’s recovery.

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

Forthcoming events of interest:

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 15 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London
Positive and Proactive Care Meeting the New National Guidance on Reducing Seclusion
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London
Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London
Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Friday 13 November 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London
Safe Staffing for Nursing in Mental Health Inpatient Units
Monday 16 November 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London








Download: paul-scates_1175.pdf

22 September 2015


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