The review’s terms of reference include considering the role of physical restraint, isolation and segregation. We are clear that everyone should feel safe while receiving treatment or working in our mental health services and that the use of physical restraint should only ever be a last resort.
As we work to improve our mental health services further, the experiences of patients, their families and staff are key to shaping treatment and support. The mental health strategy commits to funding 800 additional mental health workers in key settings. Importantly, over the past six years, the Scottish patient safety programme for mental health has led to reductions in self-harm, seclusion, violence and aggression and restraint across a number of areas, through collaboration and innovation among staff, service users and carers and from the use of quality improvement and improvement science.