Oxford Healthcare Improvement

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Reducing restrictive practice (Kestrel)

Kestrel Ward is a forensic female inpatients ward. The ward takes care of service users with a range of mental health needs.

Kestrel Ward has been selected to be part of the National Collaborative involving Royal College of Psychiatry, NHS Improvement and Care Quality Commission.

There are 42 Trusts taking part in the collaborative across England. The focus of the collaborative is the reduction of restrictive practice with the aim being set by the National Collaborative.

Project aim

To reduce restrictive practice (seclusion, restraint and rapid tranquilisation) by one third by April 2020.


The project utilised the NHS Model for Improvement. Baseline data is being collected by the project team with the use of the Safety Cross. The Driver Diagram has been completed by the National Collaborative. The project team have process mapped the pathway.


The project is in the early stages; however, the project team has attended two sessions delivered at the RCPsych in London. The team have engaged their patient group in the project and are live on Life QI.