Can you help us reduce the use of restraint across the country?

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to be funding a project to improve practices to raise awareness and reduce the use of psychological restraint.

The project is being led by the Restraint Reduction Network, a charity that works together with people to reduce restrictive practices. They will work with people who have experienced mental health inpatient care to produce a set of resources for NHS staff nationally.

Restraint Reduction Network are looking for three people in Sheffield with lived experience of mental health inpatient care who would be willing to share their experiences and ideas and help shape the resources.

What is psychological restraint?

Psychological restraint means using communication strategies to get someone to do something they don’t want to do or stopping someone from doing something they do want to do.

What’s involved?

If you’d like to get involved, you’ll be asked to join four meetings. You’ll be paid £30 per meeting.

You’ll work in a group to share your experience and design a specific resource about psychological restraint.

The resources you’ll help to create include:
•    An animation
•    Guidance for senior leaders in healthcare
•    A poster
•    A measurement tool to assess peoples’ experiences of psychological restraint
•    A short video made for social media

If you’d like to volunteer to share your experiences, get in touch with the Restraint Reduction Network by emailing

You can find out more about the project here.

Salli Midgely, Director of Quality & Professional Lead for Nursing at SHSC said: “We know that psychological restraint happens in many different sectors of social care, education and health settings. By funding the production of a series of tools and resources for NHS staff to use, we aim to begin to raise awareness and reduce the conscious and unconscious use of psychological restraint on mental health wards and beyond. I’m delighted that SHSC is supporting the Restraint Reduction Network to develop these tools.”

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