A Violence Reduction Team recently wrote to NHS executives at the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to raise ‘significant concerns’ about the use of dangerous face-down restraint techniques on mental health wards.
The team wrote a letter to the directors of the Trust, and threatened to suspend their training programme unless the senior management agreed to immediately phase out the use of face-down restraint, also known as prone restraint, across the inpatient wards.
The Lancashire Telegraph has obtained the letter and a cache of internal emails under Freedom of Information laws, as part of an investigation and you can read the full report in the Lancashire Telegraph by clicking here.
Previously the Lancashire Telegraph stated that: “a former employee of the trust, who was afraid to be identified for fear it could jeopardise their future employment in the NHS, said there were likely to be major problems in eliminating prone restraint in East Lancashire, due to embedded practices and a lack of willingness to change among many managers and staff.”
CQC has also raised concerns with Calderstones Hospital for its over-use of restraint techniques, and this was also the same reason why CQC inspectors recommended that Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust being placed in special measures.
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