Private Members Bill will seek to strengthen standards and monitoring of care following death of 23 year old man in custody
Data has revealed that 3,652 patients have been injured while being restrained during NHS treatment, as 13% of Trusts outlined that they do not have a policy in place to reduce the use of restraint, flouting Government’s “positive and safe” guidance issued in 2014.
Freedom of Information requests have uncovered inconsistent training standards across the UK. The data, covering the period 2016-2017, revealed that 97,000 restraints took place with more than 2,600 staff assaulted by patients during these interventions. Of the 48 trusts which responded in full, de-escalation in training varied massively, with some Trusts unable to quantify the amount of training aimed at de-escalating crisis scenarios with others dedicating up to 80% or 100% of their training programmes to de-escalation.
Martyn Dadds, Managing Director of CPI International, which provides training on de-escalation techniques, said:
“This series of Freedom of Information requests have shown that worrying levels of restraint are still taking place with resulting injuries despite years of Government recommendations designed to reduce these practices. We went directly to trusts and got the largest set of data we’ve seen presented in this field, which is why we have a clearer picture about exactly how many incidents are taking place. The huge variation in the number of instances we see in Trusts across the country is why it’s so important that there is a standardised way of recording and why training must include standardised de-escalation techniques as well specialised skills for last resort circumstances.”
The data was released ahead of a Private Members’ Bill by Labour MP for Croydon North Steve Reed after his constituent 23-year old Olaseni Lewis, died after he was restrained after voluntarily admitting himself into Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, for mental health treatment on 31 August 2010. The next stage of the Bill is taking place on Friday 15 June.