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Reducing and Improving the Use of Restrictive Interventions & Practice

Friday 14 June 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Reducing and Improving the Use of Restrictive Interventions & Practice
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“We would like providers to think about how they can improve their restrictive intervention reduction programmes to improve the quality of care for people using services.” A focus on restrictive intervention reduction programmes, Care Quality Commission 2018

On 3 December 2018 the Care Quality Commission announced they are to review the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with mental health problems, a learning disability and/or autism. The review has been commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock. The CQC will take forward this work and will report on its interim findings in May 2019, with a full report by March 2020.

“It is vital that services minimise the use of all forms of restrictive practice and that providers and commissioners work together to find alternative, and less restrictive, care arrangements for people who are currently subject to seclusion or segregation. Failure to do this has the potential to amount to inhuman and degrading treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), Care Quality Commission December 2018

“There is understandable public concern about the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with mental health problems, a learning disability or autism. It is vital that services minimise the use of all forms of restrictive practice and that providers and commissioners work together to find alternative, and less restrictive, care arrangements for people who are currently subject to seclusion or segregation. Failure to do this has the potential to amount to inhuman and degrading treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), Care Quality Commission December 2018

“Restrictive interventions are when someone receiving care is restrained or put in prolonged seclusion or segregation…At the end of 2018, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, asked us to look at the use of restrictive interventions.The review will look at how places providing inpatient and residential care for people with mental health problems, a leaning disability, and/or autism use these interventions. We will also make recommendations about their use. We started work on this review in December 2018. We will report on our interim findings in May 2019, with a full report by March 2020…It is vital that society protects the rights, welfare and safety of children and adults with a mental health problem a learning disability and or autism, and that they receive the safe, high quality care that they deserve.” Care Quality Commission January 2019

“Whilst the use of any kind of restraint may on rare occasions be necessary to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and must be minimised in therapeutic settings… there have been too many shocking scandals exposing the unnecessary and inappropriate use of restrictive interventions on people with mental health conditions, dementia, learning disabilities and autistic people..Restraint by its nature restricts a person’s liberty, but the frightening, over whelming and traumatising nature of this experience can amount to degrading treatment, which is never lawful.. It is therefore vital that all services sufficiently understand and apply the principles of restraint reduction”. Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards, January 2019

This conference  will focus on reducing restrictive interventions in line with national guidance and ensuring adherence to the 2018 National NICE Quality Standard on Violence and Aggression.

Benefits of attending

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce and improve the use of restrictive interventions in practice
  • Reflect on national developments and learning including the interim findings from the Care Quality Commission review
  • 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
  • Reflect on the lived experience of people who have experienced restraint and how you can work with them to improve practice
  • Ensure best practice in the use of restraint including mechanical restraint, rapid tranquillisation and seclusion
  • Understand new legal developments including the Liberty Protection Safeguards and implications of the July 2018 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
  • Understand how to 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


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