Reducing Restrictive Practice

Halfway through the Reducing Restrictive Practice programme, a national quality improvement programme, and over half of participating wards have seen a dramatic reduction in their use of physical restraint, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation.

Dr Amar Shah, national improvement lead, has described the results as “hugely inspiring”, with some wards achieving reductions as big as 88%.

All 38 wards are using Quality Improvement to involve staff, service users and carers to develop and test new ideas to prevent the use of restrictive practices.

We caught up with staff at Westferry Ward earlier this year. They’ve received some coaching by James, an ex-service user, on how to improve the ward culture to help reduce their use of restrictive practices.

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