Patient Safety Collaborative MHSIP Workstream hosts second learning event on reducing restrictive practice

National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes

England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implemented throughout the health and care system.

PSCs are funded and nationally coordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and hosted locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Health Innovation Manchester hosts the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative.

PSCs can work directly with local teams, supporting them to make sure they have the right skills and resources to implement improvements. PSCs can also share good practice across the health system, focus on people-centred care and build relationships with NHS staff, business and academia to stimulate innovation and improvement.

Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP) in collaboration with the Advancing Quality Alliance to reduce restrictive practice across Greater Manchester. Restrictive practice refers to any act which involves restricting a person such as physical restraint, the use of rapid tranquillisation, or the use of a seclusion room.

This project is part of a national initiative to improve patient safety with an ambition to reduce restrictive practice in mental health wards by 25%. Lower levels of restrictive practice can significantly improve both patient and staff experience.

We are supporting wards to develop their quality improvement skills and deliver projects that lower levels of restrictive practice. There are six diverse wards participating from across Greater Manchester with representation from Greater Manchester Mental Health and Pennine Care.

We hosted the second in a series of three events on 21st July 2022 to share learning across participating wards.

The event was hosted by Simon Hammond, Senior Programme Development Lead at Health Innovation Manchester. Speakers on the day included Louise Bond, Programme Development Lead at Health Innovation Manchester and Paul Greenwood, Programme Manager for Mental Health at the Advancing Quality Alliance.

Delegates had the opportunity to explore and share ideas for how they could reduce restrictive practice. This included reviewing unwritten rules which can be a trigger for violence and aggression.

Sarah Markham, Patient and Public Voice Partner, shared her insights on the importance of a patient-centred approach.

“Implementing a recovery-orientated, strengths-based way of working with patients is linked to better patient outcomes and satisfaction and reduces levels of restrictive practices. […] It’s truly important to treat everyone as an individual.”

The Mental Health Safety Improvement programme is part of a national commission from NHS England and Improvement.

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