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Reducing and improving the use of Restrictive Interventions & Practice: Managing Acute Disturbance, Violence and Aggression

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This virtual conference will focus on reducing restrictive interventions in line with national guidance and ensuring adherence to the National NICE Quality Standard on Violence and Aggression. This focus on reducing restrictive practice is particularly important in light of COVID-19 where mental health services have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions (HSJ 5th June 2020).

It’s of great concern to see a rise in the use of restraint ... Psychiatrists understand the shortcomings of the system that has led to such practices…Restraint of all forms should be avoided. In extreme situations restraint must only be used as part of a robust care plan agreed with the person with the aim of preventing harm.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2020

Over the past year CQC has been reviewing the use of restrictive interventions, including restraint, segregation and seclusion in hospitals and care homes across England…We are incredibly aware that people with a learning disability, or mental health condition and autistic people may be more at risk during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Our review found that people are often subject to restrictions and isolation and the current outbreak may have implications for staffing levels and the ability to keep people safe. We are concerned that this may lead to further restrictions of people’s lives and affect their mental health.

Care Quality Commission 2020

Preventing the use of restrictive practices from increasing’ is a key area of focus for those working in mental health services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Mental Health Improvement Network, NHS England and NHS Improvement

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce and improve the use of restrictive interventions in practice
  • Reflect on the lived experience of people who have experienced restraint and how you can work with them to improve practice
  • Understand how to engage people to reduce anxiety and improve coping strategies during COVID-19
  • Update your knowledge national developments 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
  • Develop a quality improvement approach to reducing violence in your service
  • Implement the National Training Standards to improve training in supporting people in distress
  • Work with people with lived experience to better train and educate frontline staff
  • Understand new legal developments including the Liberty Protection Safeguards and implications of the 2019 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act
  • 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

100% of delegates at our last conference on this subject would recommend the conference to a colleague


Eric Baskind

Senior Lecturer in Law, Consultant and Expert Witness in Violence Reduction and the Safer Use of Force
Liverpool John Moore’s University

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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* Training material and interactive exercises not included at the Council of Employment Judges conference

Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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