We have made changes to the garden at Burbage ward which means people staying on the ward can have unsupervised access to the outdoor area.
Observation and supervision is a form of restrictive practice, intended to keep people safe and feel safe, but can feel intrusive. Because of the safety of the tree in the garden anybody using the space has needed to have a member of staff with them.
The therapeutic environments programme is improving our clinical spaces to make them safer, more dignified and more therapeutic for those who use them.
The team assessed the tree in the garden alongside guidance from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and decided to fence it off.
This improved service user safety and lead to a reduction in restrictive practice, as people can now go outside in the garden of their own accord.