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Winterbourne View report calls for ban on physical restraint


Having worked in the mental health services, in my 30 year career, I came in contact with hundreds of 'aggressivel' bahaved patients during that time. 'Managing' such beh f aviour has always been a contentious issue. There were many occasions I had to physically patients who were a danger to other patients, staff, or even themselves. I had undertaken various 'courses' on managing such patients, but in the end, it the situation was down to my own personal assessment at the time which was the key factor whether I used restraint or not, I'm not an aggressive person by nature, but, I do have the capacity to act as if I| could protect myself, if the need arises. So, the strategy I used was based soley on NLP, mirrowing, matching, mis-matching the patient's behaviour. This enabled me to keep calm, and thus, stay in control of the situation. Unwittingly, it saved me from being seriously injured or harmed throghout my career, whilst, colleagues, who were less aware of NLP skills, wre frequently getting injured and harmed as a result of their threatening manner towards the patients concerned. All -in-all NHS staff need to be aware of their patients behaviour, and the factors which trigger their aggression.

Posted date

8 August, 2012

Posted time

11:11 pm


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