Blanket Restrictions Policy

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Policy for Blanket Restrictions

Whist the Trust is committed to delivering care to patients in the least restrictive way it is recognised that there are occasions when  in the interest of patient safety a decision has to be made which will have a direct impact on patients freedom of movement or ability to undertake certain activities.

Such decisions are considered to be blanket restrictions which refer ‘to rules or polices that restrict a patients liberty and other rights, which are routinely applied to all patients, or to classes of patients, or within a service, without individual risk assessments to justify their application.”  (Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice, section 8.5 page 64).

As a blanket restriction can potentially be in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which requires public authorities to respect a person’s right to private life the use of them should be avoided unless they can be clinically justified as a necessary and proportionate response to manage risk.

To download the policy please follow the link:  Blanket Restrictions Policy v1