Records show physical restraint is a fairly frequent occurrence
Figures released 6th June 2013 by mental health charity, Mind, provided an indication as to the frequency of application of physical restraint in mental healthcare settings. Data secured by the charity, using Freedom of Information requests, discovered that there were at least 39,883 incidents of physical restraint during the year 2011-12.
In 2016, the Liberal Democrat Party reported that, based on Freedom of Information request responses received from mental health NHS Trusts, there had been 66,681 incidents of physical restraint during 2015-16.
That’s 183 physical restraint incidents a day!
It also equates to a 40% increase since 2011-12.
The increase continued.
Figures published Nov 2017 by NHS Digital showed patients in mental health units had been physically restrained by staff more than 80,000 times during 2016-17.
That’s 219 physical restraint incidents a day!
And, it equates to a 50% increase since 2011-12!
The NHS does not publish national figures showing the number of times physical restraint is employed in acute settings. However, the figures for mental healthcare settings support the view that it occurs fairly frequently.
To give an idea, figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), indicated that across the NHS, physical restraint was used 97,000 times in 2016-17. If you deduct the 80,000 incidents that happened in mental health settings, that leaves 17,000 incidents, which happened elsewhere (i.e. acute settings/ ambulance trusts.)