Three Steps to Positive Practice - Lunch Time Seminar
This is a rights based approach when considering and reviewing the use of restrictive interventions. It aims to assist health and social care professionals who are involved in practices where people in their care may be restricted in some way.
In Northern Ireland, health and social care professionals are ready to embrace new ways of thinking and the creation of a new culture which uses new language. These are some of the principles underlying the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 and how we are evolving best practice.
“Three Steps to Positive Practice” is a process to guide professional practice and ensure staff remain up to date with the changes and developments in legislation and guidance regarding restrictive interventions and a rights-based approach in any health and social care context. The practice framework is designed to help you as a health and social care professional to think about culture and practices and guide professional, ethical and legal decision-making when considering the use of potentially restrictive practices.
Three Steps to Positive Practice should be used at the points of assessment, implementation, evaluation and review, and in situations where the use of restrictive practices (limiting an individual’s choice or liberty) have been in place for some time or are associated with a particular environment.
The guidance facilitates the new way of thinking which will support staff to act differently, with an emphasis on a proactive, evidence-based and rights-based approach to practice. The framework enables staff to ensure that wherever they are providing care, treatment and support, they are practising in the best interests of service users, and in accordance with legislation, ethical principles, robust values and the requirements of professional codes of conduct.
Three Steps to Positive Practice is endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatry; the Royal College of Nursing; the British Association of Social Work; and the College of Occupational Therapy.
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