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Chemical restraint - a statutory definition

Updated: Feb 10



The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 contains the first statutory definition of chemical restraint. Section 1(7) defines chemical restraint as: ‘...the use of medication which is intended to prevent, restrict or subdue movement of any part of the patient’s body..’. The Act comes into force on 22nd March 2022. Edge has a new course starting in 2022 on chemical restraint for health and social care staff which is run by a specialist mental health pharmacist and lasts 3 hours. It is particularly relevant for DoLS BIAs who have to identify chemical restraint in their current assessments. See details of the course Edge is running on here


Legislation - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/27/contents/enacted


Statutory guidance - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-units-use-of-force-act-2018




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