Reducing Restrictive Practice (Evenlode)

Evenlode is a medium secure unit for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire. As part of a multi-ward collaborative across services in Oxford, Evenlode staff are looking to reduce their restrictive practices by improving the quality of care for their patients.

Project aim

The overall aim of the collaborative is to reduce restrictive practice overall by 1/3 by April 2020.

Evenlode will design their local ward aim following the learning from the diagnostic phase of their work.


Using the IHI model for improvement the team are currently in the early stages of answering the initial three questions and starting to diagnose and define the areas of restrictive practice they want to look at to improve. The team are reviewing existing data around their restrictive practice and literature to help guide their decision making.


Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) (2019) How to Improve Available at:

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Page last reviewed: 23 July, 2021