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Experiences of restraint or seclusion as a mental health inpatient?

In collaboration with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Mental Health (SPSPMH) Carers Trust Scotland carried out interviews to hear about experiences of restraint and seclusion, how this affected people with lived and living experience, and how things could be improved. We spoke to 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.

The aim of these interviews was to:

  • 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


We are delighted to present the findings of the interviews we carried out, with support from SPSPMH, and continuing to ensure the voice of lived and living experience is at the heart of improvements to care and treatment across Scotland.

Read the findings in full

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: https://ihub.scot/improvement-programmes/scottish-patient-safety-programme-spsp/spsp-programmes-of-work/spsp-mental-health/




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