Statement from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys health trust on patient restraint

Data revealed today as part of a Freedom of Information request by the charity Mind has found that the North East is among the highest areas for physical restraint being used on mental health patients.

A statement from the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys reads as follows:

"The number of incidents may seem high.

"However, we are one of the largest mental health and learning disability trusts in the country, with over 1,000 beds and a high proportion of specialist units caring for people with extremely challenging behaviour.

"Our staff are fully trained in using a range of techniques to manage people with challenging behaviour and they adopt an individualised approach for each patient.

"Physical restraint, using nationally accredited techniques, is only used as a last resort.

"Many of the incidents reported involved only minimal restraint but it is our policy to record all incidents, regardless of level of restraint, so that we can monitor, review and learn from them."