New Grants Programme: Reducing Restrictive Interventions

Call for Proposals

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is a charitable organisation that makes grants to nurses, midwives, health visitors and allied health professionals for projects that will improve patient care. The Trustees are pleased to announce their first 2020 grant programme.

Safeguarding Service Users from Abuse and Harm: Restrictive Interventions, Restraint, Physical Controls and Restrictive Practices – grants of £20k to £100k

Recently, there has been understandable concern about the use of restraint and restrictive interventions in the care of people with mental health issues and intellectual disabilities. The Burdett Trust shares the nursing workforce’s commitment to the future elimination of restrictive interventions, and believes that this is possible through preventative, evidence-based interventions that can help minimise aggression and challenging behaviour and promote safety and personal dignity when behavioural emergencies occur.

The Trust believes nurses are well-placed to take a leadership role in designing, modelling and implementing more appropriate forms of non-intrusive crisis intervention and behavioural management. More evidence is needed to establish what works safely and effectively, supported by measures such as reduced stimulation, active listening, diversionary techniques, de-escalation interventions, boundary setting and the use of appropriate medication. 

The Trustees are keen to support innovative, nurse-led initiatives that promote the reduction and potential elimination of restraint, isolative and restrictive interventions, whilst keeping the focus sharply on improving the safety and well-being of service users who may occasionally present with unpredictable and concerning behaviours. 

Please note that this programme will not support personal study. 

All projects must be nurse-led and have the nursing contribution to healthcare at their core. Proposals must be well-argued and demonstrate why the project is needed, what benefits and impacts it will deliver and how it will generate learning that can be shared, disseminated and adopted more widely. 

The closing date for applications is midnight, 1 February 2020.

Online application

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