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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Patient and visitor aggression in healthcare: the nurse managers’ perspective (United Kingdom)

Patient and visitor aggression (PVA) is of global concern and includes all verbal or physical behaviours from patients or visitors that threaten, attack or injure a person (psychologically and/or physically).  The International Research Collaboration on Clinical Aggression (iRCCA) is conducting a study to gain an overview and compare the current situation regarding PVA in mental health and general hospitals in ... Read More »

New Training Standards to reduce use of restraint for most vulnerable in society

New Training Standards have been launched today (1 Apr) by the Restraint Reduction Network to reduce the use of restrictive practices for some of the most vulnerable people in society. Commissioned by NHS, the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 provide a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in education, health and social care ... Read More »

We need to talk about restraint

This film from Health Education England tells the stories of 3 people who have been impacted by restrictive practices. Please notes, this video contains content that many viewers may find upsetting.   We Need to Talk About Restraint from BILD communications on Vimeo. Take action and join us as we seek to reduce unnecessary restrictive practices. Sign up for updates ... Read More »

Notes from the authors: Jim Ridley

 “Be the change you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi (Date Unknown) When we began discussing the RRN Training Standards we wanted to make sure that they would represent the changes required to support effective, safe and respectful training. However, this had to mean so much more than just making sure that training was safe and effective. It ... Read More »

Reflections from a trainer: Lee Hollins

I have delivered training to learning disability settings for over 20 years. This has included sessions covering primary proactive preventative measures as well as secondary reactive reductive interventions aimed at calming and de-escalating people who are experiencing rising distress. I have also delivered sessions covering tertiary protective interventions. These sessions cover the use of physical techniques which are only deployed ... Read More »

Take a stand

As a service user, or friend or family member of a service user, you have the right to know what to expect of services who have been certified as organisations complying by the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. This way you know what to look for and hold people to account. Currently, the Training Standards are not mandatory in any ... Read More »

Calum’s Story

Calum was restrained whilst at school – and this almost cost him his life. His mother, Beth Morrison (CEO of Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland and Calum’s mum), tells his story.  Want to put an end to such restrictive practices? Sign up to show you’re taking a stand, and receive updates from us.  Read More »

A Changed School: Calthorpe Academy

Principal Richard Chapman and his team picked up an award which recognised how the school has reduced reliance on restrictive practice at the 2018 Restraint Reduction Network Conference. This positive story of good practice illustrates how the principles laid out in the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards can be applied in practice with positive results.  Listen to Richard speak about ... Read More »

Seni Lewis

You may not know us, but we want to tell you about something very personal that shattered our lives and changed our family forever. This is a photo of our son Seni with his grandmother. Everything you need to know about him is here in this beautiful picture. He was our baby and a gentle giant. He hated bullying and ... Read More »

Scottish Children’s commissioner report on restraint and seclusion in schools

On Friday 14/12/18, the Scottish Children’s Commissioner is to publish a report on restraint and seclusion in schools. Parent, Founder and CEO of Positive & Active Behaviour Support Scotland, Beth Morrison, writes her response to the report below. The way we treat our children, especially those who have no voice or cannot use words to communicate reflects who we are as ... Read More »