Have you experienced restraint or seclusion as a mental health inpatient?  

Do you care for someone who has?  

If so we would like your help 

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) for Mental Health is seeking the views of adults (18 years and above) on the use of restrictions in adult mental health inpatient settings so that they can work to make things better. We are working with them and would like to hear about your own experiences of restraint and seclusion, how this affected you, and how things could be improved. We would also like to hear from carers or family members who have witnessed the use of restraint and seclusion or had a family member or friend who was subject to these type of restrictions. 

If you or someone you care for have been affected by restraint and seclusion practices we would like to hear your story to help us: 

  • Build a better and up to date picture of people’s experiences in hospital to add to what we already know 
  • Learn from your experiences to develop ideas on how practice could be better 
  • Inform how communication with people using mental health inpatient services and carers around use of restrictions could be improved 

Could you help? 

If you would like to share your story and have a conversation about the impact restrictions have had on you, or a family member or friend, please get in touch with Hamish Kidd at [email protected]. All conversations will be one-on-one between you an interviewer and in the presence of a note taker. Conversations will be held either on Zoom or by telephone, whichever you prefer to use, and may be with someone other than the person you initially hear from. 

All conversations will be treated confidentially and take place during summer 2021. 

Want to know more about SPSP Mental Health? 

SPSP Mental Health is a national quality improvement programme that aims to improve the safety and reliability of mental health care and reduce harm to people. Since its launch in 2012, the programme has worked to ensure people are and feel safe in adult mental health inpatient settings. 

Underpinned by the robust application of quality improvement methodology SPSP Mental Health has brought about significant improvement in outcomes for people across Scotland. 

You can find out more about SPSP Mental Health: www.ihub.scot/improvement-programmes/scottish-patient-safety-programme-spsp/spsp-programmes-of-work/spsp-mental-health/ 

We are working in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and SPSP Mental Health to improve the experience, quality and safety within adult inpatient mental health settings.