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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

CQC “expect to see all services across health and social care use training in restrictive practices that is certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Standards”

 On August 7, 2020, the CQC issued the following statement:  “CQC is committed to minimising the use of restraint and other restrictive practices. “From April 2021, we expect to see all services across health and social care use training in restrictive practices that is certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Standards. The standards apply to all training that ... Read More »

CQC publishes ‘Out of Sight – Who Cares?’, a review of restraint, segregation and seclusion

Yesterday’s report (22/10/20) from the CQC, ‘Out of Sight – Who Cares?’ has documented too many shocking examples of undignified and inhumane care in some hospital settings. It is hard to read and hard to imagine how such dreadful experiences have been allowed to continue. These vulnerable children, young people and adults have been out of the sight of those ... Read More »

Covid Restraint Increase in Inpatient Settings “…really, really worrying”

Professor Chris Hatton is an academic attached to Manchester Metropolitan University, who for 30 years has focused on people with intellectual/learning disabilities, and on documenting the inequalities experienced and policies designed to reduce them. Outside of his formal role he blogs on the same topic, and his latest research blog post is particularly thought provoking: “Restraints used on people with ... Read More »

We’re recruiting: RRN Co-ordinator / Manager

The Restraint Reduction Network is  looking to appoint an operational lead and coordinator for RRN’s work. If you are motivated by the thought of leading a national restraint reduction movement please send us your CV and a covering letter. We welcome applications from professionals and from people with lived experience of restraint. We are looking for the right person who ... Read More »

Burdett Trust award to fund an evaluation of the Training Standards

The Restraint Reduction Network has been awarded a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing to evaluate the implementation of the new Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. The grant will be used to fund a nurse-led research project evaluating the impact of the Training Standards in mental health NHS trusts. There is now a contractual requirement that organisations delivering training ... Read More »

Guest blog: Swansea Bay Mental Health and Learning Disability Delivery Unit on why the Restraint Reduction Network Pledge is important to them

Written by Paula Hopes, Learning Disability Nurse Consultant for Swansea Bay Mental Health and Learning Disability Delivery Unit. As a delivery unit we have been working on a multi-faceted approach to reducing restrictive practice, we keenly anticipate the messages from Welsh Government which will come with the reducing restrictive practice framework when it is launched later this year and it ... Read More »

Towards Safer Services – Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans

Towards Safer Services are the Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans. The Standards aim to encourage services and clinicians to review practices and philosophies of person centred care and support in order to maximise the rights of everyone, including wellbeing and safety and to develop an organisational approach to reducing restrictive practices.These Standards were designed to provide ... Read More »

Team Beth – The Solution to Lock-down Blues

I am so proud to be parent to Bethany, an amazing 19 year-old whose story of inappropriate restraint and seclusion made national and international news headlines. I campaigned for 3 years to have Beth’s autism needs met in a way other than through long term segregation and seclusion in inpatient Mental Health units. Due to the horrific facts uncovered surrounding ... Read More »