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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

CQC Closed Cultures review: how you can support the review

The Restraint Reduction Network is looking to engage community based rehabilitation services and the people and families that use their services. We need your support in engaging people with lived experience to inform and feed into the CQC Closed Cultures review. What we can offer: An exciting opportunity for the people and families that use services to directly shape the way CQC inspectors ... Read More »

Our new projects, and how you can get involved

The Restraint Reduction Network has been commissioned by NHS England, and are working on, two important projects that you can support, contribute to and share your good practice. 1. A framework for identifying and minimising blanket restrictions We are developing a framework for identifying and minimising the use of blanket restrictions: we know the use of this kind of restriction ... Read More »

Alexis Quinn appointed as RRN Manager/ Coordinator

We are delighted to welcome Alexis Quinn to the Restraint Reduction Network staff team in our new RRN Manager/ Coordinator role. We look forward to working with Alexis, who will be the operational lead and coordinator for RRN’s work. Alexis is a mother, educator, author and a person with lived experience. She knows first hand how traumatic restraint, seclusion and ... Read More »

Chair of the RRN, Professor Joy Duxbury, is awarded OBE

We are delighted to congratulate Professor Joy Duxbury, Chair of the Restraint Reduction Network, on being awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her contributions to mental health research, practice and policy.  As a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, and the university’s research lead in Mental Health, Prof ... Read More »

Human Rights Day 2020

This human rights day we look to the future as we consider the ways in which our society needs to build back from the fall-out of the Covid-19 pandemic from a foundation of human rights. Despite many health and social care reports and recommendations, people with complex needs are still falling through the gaps. We know, for example, that restraints ... Read More »

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 »