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Mental Health Practice Award Winners

L-R: Sponsor: Caroline Shuldham, Chair, Editorial Advisory Board, RCNi Winners: Practice Development Team, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Susan Burns Godwill Tsvamuno Simon Young Craig Smith Guest Presenter: Lucy Porter, Comedian

L-R: Sponsor: Caroline Shuldham, Chair, Editorial Advisory Board, RCNi
Winners: Practice Development Team, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,
Susan Burns, Godwill Tsvamuno, Simon Young, Craig Smith, Guest Presenter: Lucy Porter, Comedian

Restraint Reduction Network members, Black Country Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust recently walked away with the coveted RCNi 2016 Mental Health Practice Award for the approach developed by their Practice Development Team.

The Team have devised and introduced care plans to address violent behaviour and reduce the use of restraint. Working together, the nurse and individual develop the Person-Centred Intervention Protocol that identifies measures to reduce crisis behaviours. The care plan helps de-escalate aggressive incidents early and includes how – when needed – restraint could be used safely and respectfully.

The team provide regular ‘clinical in-reach’ to in-patient settings to ensure what’s learnt in training becomes practice, while link nurses have been trained to ensure continuity. Ward Managers say the care plans are reducing the severity of challenging behaviours, and giving staff more confidence in dealing with them.

The team’s work was shortlisted with a further four organisations, from more than 100 nominations and had to be presented to a panel of nursing and mental health experts for final judging. The winners were announced in a glittering ceremony on 6th May. Congratulations to everyone involved!