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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Physical intervention trainers: the case for greater accountability
Author(s): Hollins, Lee P
Paterson, Brodie
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Keywords: control and restraint
professional development
risk management
service delivery
Community mental health services
Psychiatric nursing
Issue Date: May-2009
Date Deposited: 7-Dec-2009
Citation: Hollins LP & Paterson B (2009) Physical intervention trainers: the case for greater accountability. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16 (4), pp. 376-381.
Abstract: Physical intervention training courses are commonplace events in psychiatric and mental healthcare settings across the UK. While there is still debate as to what techniques should be taught on such courses, there is good evidence as to the mechanisms whereby pain, injury and even death can be inflicted. There is also a wealth of literature identifying how organizational culture can influence the quality of service delivery and standards of client care. It is well documented that the dignity, well-being and physical integrity of service users can be compromised by staff acts and omissions stemming from corrupted cultures. What has not been explored in detail to date is the role of physical intervention trainer, specifically the values they model and how these may influence the readiness with which staff resort to physical restraint strategies. It is possible that even approved physical techniques can become compromised through poor training technique and expose end recipients to needless humiliation and potential harm. This paper discusses this area of practice, offers insight on how the learning process is compromised by trainers and suggests areas for future research.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01412.x
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