BBC’s Alison Holt to present at the 2015 Conference

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Excitement is building in anticipation of the second Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Conference on the 12th and 13th November. This year we have a terrific line-up of speakers and workshops covering a range of subjects ranging from the Six Core Strategies, Reducing the Use of Seclusion and the new RRN Benchmarking Tool, to preventing crises and use of restraint through engagement, communication and compassion.

We are particularly delighted to confirm the BBC’s Social Affairs Correspondent, Alison Holt, as Conference Chair.

Other confirmed speakers include:

Professor Joy Duxbury. Chair of the Restraint Reduction Network and Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire. Professor Duxbury will deliver the welcoming address and set the tone for the conference.

Kevin Ann Huckshorn. Former Director of State for the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the State of Delaware. Six core strategies. Kevin will discuss the approach and implementation of the Six Core Strategies to Reduce the Use of Seclusion and Restraint Planning Tool she helped develop.

Iris Benson. Expert by Experience, Mersey Care NHS Trust. A personal examination of restraint. A ‘from the heart’ account of Iris’s own experiences of mental illness and restraint.

Hazel Watson. Head of Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing at NHS England. Reducing restrictive practice – Policy into system delivery. An examination of how reducing restrictive interventions is forming a crucial part of NHS England’s transformation of Mental Health and Learning Disability services.

Michael Nunno. Senior Extension Associate at the Brofenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Addressing organisational toxicity in children’s treatment facilities. Looking at organisational elements that can breed and reinforce a culture of aggression, fear and maltreatment and discussing ‘inoculators’ that protect against the toxicity that sustains these conditions.

Colin Dale and Chris Stirling. Restraint Reduction Network. The Restraint Reduction Network Benchmarking Tool. An update on and results from the pilot project, which used the tool in real-life situations.

Paul Greenwood. Improvement Advisor/Project Manager at Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA). REsTRAIN YOURSELF. Implementing the six core Restraint Reduction strategies within acute mental health in-patient wards across the North West of England.

Fintan Sheerin. Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing at Trinity College, Dublin. Engagement and solidarity: Averting crises and restraint. Examining the importance of engagement as a basis for communication, arguing that many crises and instances of restraint use reflect a failure to avert negative behavioural patterns on the part of both service providers and users.

Roger Almvik. Research Director at St Olav’s University Hospital/Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Risk assessment made easy – The Broset Violence Checklist. A reflection on the basic underlying principles of violence risk assessment, developing an awareness of the Broset Violence Checklist in the assessment of imminent violence.

Where last year’s focus was very much on government legislation and the after-effects of Winterbourne View, this year takes a far more pragmatic approach with real-life examples of successful implementation of restraint reduction strategies and lots of case studies showing best practice.

Other speakers are still to be confirmed, and don’t forget to check back here in a couple of weeks to find out more about the Workshops that will be on offer.

To book your place, download the form here.