Policy briefing

Policy update: physical restraint in healthcare settings in England and Wales

Memorandam of Understanding clarifies when police and nursing staff should respond to incidents.

The Memorandam of Understanding clarifies when police and nursing staff should respond to incidents

Essential facts

In January, new guidance was drawn up for police and healthcare professionals, outlining for the first time how and when police officers should be involved in physically restraining people in healthcare settings in England and Wales.

The Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at healthcare staff and police officers, clarifies when police should respond to incidents in mental health and learning disability settings, and the extent of their role should they be involved in a violent incident.

The 28-page document was produced by the Mental Health and Restraint Expert Reference Group, chaired independently by Lord Carlisle and co-ordinated by the College of Policing. It was developed with the involvement of more than 30 healthcare organisations and people who have experience of being restrained.

The guidance will be integrated into


Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Mental Health Practice
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?