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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 on restrictive practices, including restraint, to NHS commissioned services for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, autistic people must be certified against the Standards.

The research project is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Professor Joy Duxbury, Chair of the Restraint Reduction Network said: “This is the first time there have been mandatory standards for training with a restrictive intervention component. It is critical that their application is evaluated so we know if they are effective in ensuring safe and proportionate use of restraint.”