Course Summary

The Use of Restrictive Interventions – the Legal Framework

Course Overview

This practical masterclass will offer practical guidance on the use of restrictive interventions and the legal framework.

Healthcare professionals may not think that they use restrictive interventions however enhanced observations, physical restraint, mechanical restraint, chemical restraint, searches, seclusion and long-term segregation are all considered to be restrictive interventions and should be used with appropriate policies and procedures in place. It is important that restrictive interventions are used legally and ethically and also part of a care programme aimed at reducing the interventions.

Delegates will have the opportunity to raise issues and concerns specific to their own practice. The course will be run by an experienced Mental Healthcare Lawyer and will be case study led.


  • Overview of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Acts and Codes of Practice
  • Review of case law and DoLs provisions
  • Best Interests Assessments 
  • Incident de-briefs and reviews
  • Care Plans
  • Documentation; a practical guide including the introduction of the FMA (five-minute appraisal) system 

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