12 / 09 / 2014
The Department of Health has launched guidance aimed at promoting the development of therapeutic environments and minimising all forms of restrictive practices so they are only used as a last resort. This briefing, produced in collaboration with the Care Quality Commission, provides a summary of the guidance, highlighting what it means for providers in practice.
The guidance says:
- all forms of restrictive practices should be reduced over two years
- restrictive practices should only be used as a last resort in emergency situations
- there is an objective to end prone (face-down) restraint
- board members should be fully informed of their trust’s position on restrictive practices and the management plan to reduce their use
- the board should identify an executive director to lead on recovery approaches and reducing restrictive practices
- providers should publish an annual report on the use of restrictive interventions.
- the Care Quality Commission will monitor and inspect against compliance with the guidance.