COVID-19: the safe and legal use of restraint and seclusion in mental health and learning disability services during the Coronavirus period

Author:
NORTHERN IRELAND. Department of Health
Publisher:
Northern Ireland. Department of Health
Publication year:
2020
Pagination:
11
Place of publication:
Belfast

This guidance sets out key messages in relation to restraint and seclusion in mental health and learning disability services in Northern Ireland during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance covers the management of restrictive interventions in the COVID-19 outbreak period; seclusion in mental health and learning disability inpatient services; types of restraints; public health advice around social distancing, shielding and isolation, and associated legalities for mental health and learning disability services; blanket restrictions; and the use of Personal Protective Equipment. The core principle underpinning the guidance recommends that in making any decision regarding the use of restraint, seclusion or restrictive practices, the proposed intervention must always be the least restrictive option available, considered to be in the person’s best interests with the aim of preventing harm, and proportionate to the likelihood and seriousness of that harm. The guidance includes links to additional resources. Restraint and seclusion in other settings than mental health and learning disability services are not covered in this guidance. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
restraint, physical restraint, severe mental health problems, severe learning disabilities, intervention, mental health care, Covid-19;
Content types:
practice guidance, government publication
Location(s):
Northern Ireland
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