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Positive practice: the use of restrictive interventions

The RCN has produced a new framework to guide health and social care professionals’ decision-making on the use of restrictive practice and ensure they adopt a rights-based approach.
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The RCN has produced a new framework to guide health and social care professionals’ decision-making on the use of restrictive practice and ensure they adopt a rights-based approach

A rights-based approach, placing the person at the centre of all we do, is essential to modern healthcare.

The challenge for health and social care professionals is to positively manage risk and deliver care while navigating the complex legal and ethical processes that must guide practice. This is particularly important in situations where people may be subject to, or require the use of, restrictive practices.

To guide professionals’ decision-making when considering the use of restrictive practices, a multidisciplinary team involving nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and occupational therapists – led by RCN Northern Ireland – has developed a cyclical

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