In order to promote positive behaviour a care setting or organisation should follow legislation made by government such as the Human Rights Act 1998, codes of practise and relevant policies set out by the trust or service. It is important to read and understand theses legislations and policies and then apply them to working practise. We receive mandatory training that reinforces the trusts policies and keeps us informed of any changes to be aware of. Best practise tells us that if we keep good notes and share information with colleagues correctly then we will be able to help and support patients correctly and encourage positive behaviour.
Restrictive interventions are ways and methods that prevent an individual from carrying out a certain task.
Restrictive interventions must only be used if the individual is at risk of injuring themselves or others, or if coursing damage to property or illegal behavior.
If an incident occurred where restrictive intervention was needed then the clinic manager or senior nurse must be informed immediately. An incident form will be filled in and sent to human resources and the incident team within the trust.
Where possible the least restrictive interventions should be used as they can sometimes escalate the problem rather than defuse it. Using the least possible restrictive intervention will prevent further harm to any individual involved and will avoid the intervention being deemed as abuse.
In order to safeguard both the staff member and individual during a restrictive physical interventions, they must only be carried out by a trained member of staff. It must be reasoned that all other measures have been attempted and failed before carrying out restrictive intervention. If at anytime during the intervention it becomes apparent that the person involved or staff member is at an increased risk then it must stop immediately. If a person becomes harmed during the intervention then a court of law may rule it as abuse.
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