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Use of force in mental health units: what nurses need to know

New guidance on the use of force in mental health units in England aims to reduce its use and ensure better accountability and transparency

New guidance on the use of force in mental health units in England aims to reduce its use and ensure better accountability and transparency

  • Use of force was once the norm, with people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and women and girls disproportionately affected
  • There is still over-reliance on its use – updated legislation is known as Seni’s Law, after a man who died after being disproportionately restrained
  • New guidance on changes in the law set out what needs to be done to comply

Guidance has been issued to help people navigate a newly operational law on the use of force in mental health units in England.

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