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How one specialist personality disorder unit stopped using restraints and restrictions

Dialectical behavioural therapy has turned around nursing care in one inpatient recovery unit

Nurses in one inpatient recovery unit use dialectical behavioural therapy, where people with personality disorder learn new skills to manage their intense emotions – effectively abolishing the need for physical restraint and rapid tranquilisation

  • Springbank ward is a 12-bed inpatient recovery unit that primarily treats women and non-binary people
  • Service users in Springbank are at high risk of suicide and self-harm
  • Nursing staff practise dialectical behavioural therapy to help clients make positive life changes

When patients first come to Springbank they are given a welcome pack, the key to their room, an introduction to their core team – and they meet the ward manager.

This, says ward manager Siobhan

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