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News and updates from todays Violence and aggression: short-term management of violent and physically threatening behaviour among adults, children and young people with a mental health problem

Working with people who have been violent and aggressive
Paul Scates,
Peer Specialist, Campaigner & Ambassador

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 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, travel, retail, catering & hospitality and lastly PR & marketing.
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.

Violence and Aggression: The NEW National Quality Standard
Dr Arokia Antonysamy
, Clinical Lead Mental Health, NHS Benchmarking Network, Consultant Psychiatrist, Ministry of Defence
Dr Arokia Antonysamy MBBS, MRCPsych, MSc (known as Samy) is the Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the National NHS benchmarking network and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Ministry of Defence, London. She trained in the UK in General Adult psychiatry, Addictions and Perinatal psychiatry. She completed her MRCPsych in 2006 and obtained a Masters degree in leadership and public health at Manchester Business School in 2010. She has been involved in a number of local and national projects. She won the Rethink academic prize for her research project in 2008 at Manchester. She is the recipient of the ‘Innovator award’ in 2010 for developing a tool to help monitor patients in hospital and community. Her team’s efforts in improving patient outcomes in the psychiatric intensive care unit received national recognition when their approach was broadcasted in BBC in 2014. Her team introduced innovative patient centred approaches in the ward and rated highly by patients and families. Her team was a finalist in the BMJ awards 2014. She was one among the 25 national HSJ rising stars in 2015. She was involved in the development of a quality improvement toolkit for mental health, launched at the House of Commons in 2016. She has been involved with the RCPsych in the National audit of Psychosis. Her main interests include leadership, quality improvement, patient outcomes and experience of care and building positive relationships. 
This morning Dr Samy gave a very interesting and interactive presentation regarding the new National Quality Standard on Violence and Aggression from her experience of working in PICU.
She talked about the importance of avoiding boredom as this can be a major trigger for violence and aggression for example cooking, trips to the zoo. This had a big impact on the length of stay of patients too.

National initiatives: CQC Update
Guy Cross
, Mental Health Lead, Care Quality Commission
After initially training to be a solicitor, Guy worked as a civil servant for 20 years at the Department of Health. He worked on workforce planning, workforce development and organisational development before focusing on mental health. In the mental health team Guy led work on offender mental health, personality disorder, mental health approvals and restrictive practice. In the latest role he was responsible for the implementation of Positive and Proactive Care and led on the drafting of 3 chapters in the Mental Health Act Code of Practice (2015). He started work at the Care Quality Commission in August 2017 where his responsibilities include leading on reducing restrictive practice.
Full powerpoint presentation

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