Public Sector Event

Control And Restraint

Venue: Colmore Gate Conference Centre
DeVeres Venues
5th Floor Colmore Gate
B3 2QD

Date: 19 Mar 2014

Synopsis: This conference focuses on managing control and restraint in a way that is not excessive and that is respectful of service users. There is a focus on reducing control and restraint to a minimum level. The National Quality Standard for Service User Experience (Standard 14) states that - people in hospital for mental health care who need to be controlled and restrained, or have treatment without their agreement (such as medication to calm them quickly) receive them only from trained staff. They are only used as last resort, using minimum force and making sure that person is safe” however the recent report from MIND quoted above shows that there is huge variation in both the levels and the practice of restraint across the NHS.
This conference, through debate, legal updates, service user perspectives, and practical case studies of implementation in practice and an interactive session on restraint techniques will provide a practical approach to ensuring the standards are met in your practice and organisation, whilst ensuring respect for service users.

The huge variation in the use of physical restraint across England is unacceptable. In a single year, one trust reported 38 incidents while another reported over 3,000 incidents... Last year there were almost 1,000 incidents of physical injury following restraint. There is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of mental health, between care and control. While mental health services in general are driven by the commitment to help and support people who are distressed or in crisis, many aspects of our work involve containment and control of people who are considered a risk to themselves or others as a result of their mental health problems. Our findings have shown that physical restraint is used far too often in some parts of the country and the practice varies significantly. Some mental health trusts use respect based and de-escalation techniques, yet other trusts still use the dangerous and life threatening technique of face down physical restraint.” Mental health crisis care: physical restraint in crisis A report on physical restraint in hospital settings in England Mind June 2013 -We have taken a very determined step to stop using face-down restraint at the trust entirely and we haven"t had any problems - none at all...It has had a very positive effect and in fact has reduced our use of [other types of] restraint by 50-60%.” Prof Tim Kendall Medical Director Sheffield Health and Social Care June 2013, BBC News


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491