The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is undertaking a review of the Rules and Code of Practice governing the use of seclusion, mechanical means of bodily restraint, and physical restraint in approved centres.
This consultation closed on Monday 6 September 2021.
These practices are subject to regulation by the MHC. The current Rules and Code of Practice came into effect on 1 January 2010.
The Mental Health Act 2001 (as amended) requires the MHC to develop Rules on the use of both seclusion and mechanical means of bodily restraint and allows us to develop a Code of Practice on the use of physical restraint.
These Rules and the Code of Practice are currently applicable to all inpatient mental health services (“approved centres”) in the public, voluntary and independent sectors including services for children and adolescents, adults, older persons, persons with an intellectual disability and a mental illness, and forensic mental health services. These are key documents for people who use, deliver and work in mental health services in Ireland.
In addition to the revision of the current Rules and Code of Practice, we are also giving consideration to the development of a set of Rules to govern the use of chemical restraint in mental health services to take account of potential future amendments to the Mental Health Act 2001.
As part of this consultation, we want to hear from all stakeholders. We especially want to hear from service users, their friends and families, people working professionally in services, and the public.
We are holding this consultation early in the process to give people an opportunity to provide feedback on the key areas that this review should address (including evidence that should be considered, and stakeholders who should be consulted). We will carefully assess all feedback received and use it, along with other available evidence and information, to develop revised Rules and Codes.
Before you complete the consultation feedback form, you can review the current Rules and Code of Practice here: Rules Governing the Use of Seclusion and Mechanical means of bodily Restraint.pdf (mhcirl.ie) and here: Code of Practice on the Use of Physical Restraint.pdf (mhcirl.ie)
You can fill out the feedback form online by clicking here.
While we encourage respondents to complete the survey using the online form, completed surveys may also be returned to email@example.com or by post to: Standards and Quality Assurance, Mental Health Commission, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4 D04 E5W7. A copy of the PDF is here.
For queries, or to request a pdf or physical copy of the survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01 636 2400.
The consultation opened on 29 July and will close at 5pm on Monday 6 September 2021.
In addition to the consultation survey, we will be holding focus groups and interviews with interested parties in the coming months. If you would like to be involved in these, please email email@example.com
Please note that the MHC appreciates and recognises that a public consultation process can be difficult for some people. With that in mind, we would like to direct anyone in need of support to this page, which provides key links and contact details for services and organisations that offer immediate or urgent support, and to organisations that offer general and specialised ongoing support.
If you have an issue of concern about a particular service, you can report that concern to us. For more information, click here.