Physical interventions: hiding in plain sight
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Physical interventions: hiding in plain sight

Lee Hollins Self-employed risk assessor

The 2014 launch of Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the Need for Restrictive Interventions by the Department of Health (DH) in England was a landmark event. It marked the transition from a world where providers had to justify physical interventions and other restrictive practices, to one where they had to provide evidence about how they were actively working to eliminate such strategies. For some, this has marked a move from a world where restraint was used to one where strategies such as physical intervention are consigned to history. This article examines some of the challenges faced by service providers as they make the transition to a post-restraint world. The author goes on to argue that, rather than being ignored or forgotten about, physical interventions need to be examined more closely than ever before. By focusing on physical interventions, we will see the data-gathering requirements of positive and proactive care, and ensure we can learn more about how to make physical interventions safer, more person-centred and more effective.

Learning Disability Practice. 19, 10, 35-38. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2016.e1771


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 June 2016

Accepted: 06 July 2016