The Restraint Reduction Network’s™ European conference will be headlined by BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt, alongside keynote speakers including Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones, leading American restraint expert Kevin Huckshorn and NHS England’s Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Hazel Watson.
Hundreds of healthcare service providers, commissioners, regulators, campaign bodies and behaviour management specialists will gather to address the issues faced across the health, social care, education and policing sectors to share best practice and discuss how the misuse and abuse of restraint can be stopped.
Key restraint reduction strategies, including organisational leadership, performance management and service user engagement, will be themes which run throughout the conference.
As well as discussing new methods and practices in the field, the conference will also seek to answer some of the questions still being raised by the Government’s two year ‘Positive and Proactive Care’ programme and help set an agenda for change which all organisations can follow.
Launched last year, the Restraint Reduction Network™ brings together organisations who are committed to improving standards for patients and professionals who work in environments where restraint practices are used. Over 400 individuals and organisations have taken the Restraint Reduction Network’s™ pledge to work towards better standards within their sector.
BBC Social Affairs Correspondent and Conference headliner Alison Holt said:
“At the heart of this Conference are issues which are fundamental to providing the best possible care for people with a range of complex needs. I look forward to what promises to be a fascinating opportunity to learn from experts in different fields, to discuss and debate how to ensure care that is thoughtful, responsive and keeps sight of each person as an individual, whatever the circumstances.”
Restraint Reduction Network™ Chair Professor Joy Duxbury said:
“Despite progress following a number of high-profile cases across a various sectors, there is still a great deal of improvement needed when it comes to reducing the use of restraint.
The Restraint Reduction Network™ is committed to promoting best practice and at this year’s conference we will be outlining some ground-breaking new methods for advancing the quality of care for vulnerable people.”
The Restraint Reduction Network’s™ second European Conference, is supported by leading international training provider the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).
Martyn Dadds, Managing Director of CPI International, said:
“Following the success of last year’s inaugural conference, which saw the launch of the Restraint Reduction Network™, we are very excited to be returning to Birmingham to hold our second European conference.
With speakers and attendees coming from all over the world, this year’s conference is a fantastic opportunity to address how we can reduce the use of restraint and help ensure the best possible environments for patients, staff and all of those affected by restrictive practices.”
The conference will take place over 12th and 13th November at Conference Aston in Birmingham.