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Restraint reduction continues

Salli Midgley looks at concerns raised at the Positive and Safe Champions’ Network meeting.
Seclusion room

Salli Midgley looks at concerns raised at the Positive and Safe Champions’ Network meeting

The Positive and Safe Champions’ Network meeting in Leeds in June aimed to continue to share good practice in reducing restrictive interventions and draw upon the work presented by trusts in England and beyond. Three clear themes emerged at the meeting that need to be given more consideration by clinicians.

Clinical staff from Leeds and York NHS Trust gave a presentation on seclusion practice, with a focus on defining seclusion. It considered the definition of seclusion using a designated room in the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (Department of Health 2015).

Videos that showed different scenarios demonstrated the grey area of seclusion that could take place, without a defined room, when it is not long enough to be

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