RRP programme – launch event

Friday 23 November 2018 saw the launch of the Reducing Restrictive Practice programme. Representatives from the 42 participating wards came together at a venue in Central London to hear from Tom Ayers, Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Dr Amar Shah, QI lead for the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme.

Attendees also heard from Dr Jorge Zimbron who outlined the work he oversaw at Springbank ward which reduced the use of both physical restraint and rapid tranquilisation to one incidence of each in 2017.

Before breaking into smaller groups to discuss how the QI approach would be delivered in their individual wards, participants heard from Mary and Chris who spoke candidly about their experiences of restraint and their involvement in the programme.

The day started with Tom Ayers, Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, outlining the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programmes before Dr Amar Shah spoke about the application of Quality Improvement in the Reducing Restrictive Practice programme.

Having outlined QI earlier in the day, Dr Amar Shah interacts with the attendees to define ‘QI’ and provides a more in-depth look at the model.

Dr Jorge Zimbron talks about the huge reduction in the use of restrictive practices on Springbank Ward by implementing the QI model. The ward had 57 instances of physical intervention in 2013 and just one in 2017.

Mary and Chris speak openly about their experience of restraint and the impact that it had on their lives. Mary knows the harm that restriction can have on a person’s recovery and Chris will be helping with the programme through peer support and co-production.

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