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It is one of the most controversial ways of controlling hospital patients but a new report claims face-down restraint is more commonly used here than anywhere else in the country.
Almost a third of all recorded uses of the technique in the last year happened in units run by the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.
As Gregg Easteal reports health charity Mind is now calling for it to be outlawed altogether.
Amy Gee from the charity, Mind.
Mental health charity, Mind, is calling for a ban on a restaining technique, which it says could cause deaths after it was revealed it was used nealy a 1,000 times in North East hospitals.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust recorded 923 incidents last year where the 'face-down restraint' had been used.
The Trust says it cares for complex and challenging patients, which explains the high figures.
The charity says some Trusts use restraints too quickly.
A statement from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust said:
Nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year - with more than 3,000 in the "dangerous" face-down position - according to figures released by a charity.
Mind said data obtained under the FoI Act showed 39,883 reported incidents of physical restraint in mental health trusts during 2011/12, with at least 949 people with mental health problems being injured.
The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust reported 3346 incidents in one year.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust also recorded 923 incidents of face-down restraint according to the charity's figures.
A separate survey by Mind of 375 frontline healthcare staff involved in physically restraining people with mental health problems, showed:
- 22% had not had face-to-face training on physical restraint techniques in the last 12 months
- 42% said that, with hindsight, they felt that restraint had sometimes been used "inappropriately"