National improvement teams are set to visit 25 mental health trusts as part of a bid to prevent inappropriate physical restraint and other “restrictive practices”.

NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission have launched a pilot project to address the “wide variation” in how frequently staff use physical restraint to control patients’ behaviour. 

The regulators have asked the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, a research arm of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to investigate the use of restrictive practices, such as physical restraint, rapid tranquillisation drugs and isolation rooms. The project aims to reduce these incidents by a third.

The project will cover 42 wards across 25 trusts. Trusts put themselves forward for the project, but the NCCMH was unable to share the details of the trusts. 

According to data the NCCMH collected, these trusts have collectively had more than 1,000 incidents involving restrictive practice on average per month. 

Joanne Purvis, Director of SecuriCare says ,”A big part of our work is removing or reducing restrictive practices, as well as insuring staff have the knowledge and skills to work safely”

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to enable individuals to deal with all facets of conflict, aggression and violence. These include ‘personal safety’, ‘conflict management’, ‘dealing with challenging behaviour’ as well as our physical skills ‘Train the Trainers’ pathway

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