Health and care system needs to work together to reduce the use of restrictive practices

21 May 2019

 

The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said: 

“This review of restrictive practices and segregation by CQC is timely and welcome, focusing on some of the most vulnerable in society. It is right that we regularly review both the nature of care delivered and the rights of those receiving it.

It is clear that across NHS services and the independent sector more work must be done to ensure the system is fit for purpose.

Saffron Cordery    

“It is clear that across NHS services and the independent sector more work must be done to ensure the system is fit for purpose.

“We need urgent action now to put resources in place so that we can treat people speedily and appropriately. This means no longer using long periods of isolation which can have a devastating impact on mental health and wellbeing, and clearly restrictive interventions and segregation must be a last resort.

NHS trusts and other providers must work with partners to determine the best route to the tailored care needs of the patient.

Saffron Cordery    

“The CQC is right to point out that tackling this challenge will require effort from across the health and care system. NHS trusts and other providers must work with partners to determine the best route to the tailored care needs of the patient. This includes working with commissioners to reduce the difference in the level of support available area to area.

“To do this will require investment. Investment in our mental health workforce to overcome the severe shortage of specialist staff needed to deliver this level of care. We must also see investment in facilities to improve the level and speed of access to autism and learning disability support.”

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