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Possible face-down restraint ban

Ministers are considering banning the use of face-down restraint on mental health patients in England after official figures revealed nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint in a year - with more than 3,000 in the "dangerous" face-down position

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Mental health trust: 50 patients had high-risk behaviour

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust have responded to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act that show the trust recorded 923 incidents of face-down restraint.

Reasons for restraint can include a patient being violent or aggressive to either themselves or others with a small percentage of patients requiring high levels of restraint due to the complex nature of their illness.

Analysis of our figures has shown that a small group of less than 50 patients, who demonstrate very complex and high-risk behaviours, account for over two thirds of the recorded incidents of restraint.

– A statement from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

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