06th January 2014

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to lead a consortium which will develop guidance for health professionals on reducing the need for restrictive practices in health and adult social care.

Restrictive practices refers to occasions where a patient or service user may be restrained or other physical intervention is needed.

A consultation document has now been produced, and the RCN wishes to hear from health professionals, carers, and others with experience of restrictive practices in a health care setting. The consultation will be open from today until 13 February 2014.

The guidance aims to provide clarity about the use of physical interventions as a last resort. It will also provide guidance for the use of positive behavioural support, an approach which when used appropriately is designed to minimise the use of restrictive interventions.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care are currently preparing a guide to workforce development to support the guidance and this is due for completion in the spring.

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