Implementing the Six Core Strategies (6CS) – UK evaluation

Working in partnership to minimise harm to patients and staff by reducing the use of physical restraint

  • Evaluation of the Implementing the Six Core Strategies (6CS) – UK project 
  • Led by Professor Richard Whittington, University of Central Lancashire

The Implementing the Six Core Strategies (6CS) – UK project aims to improve patient safety by avoiding unnecessary harm to patients caused by the use of physical restraint using an evidence based restraint reduction approach in eight Mental Health Trusts in the North West of England

The objectives of the evaluation are to gain a better understanding of what works, for whom, in which circumstances, and why with regards to restraint reduction (6CS-UK) in participating wards. The evaluation team will:

  • prepare for the tailoring and implementaton of the 6CS -UK
  • undertake pre-tests to form a diagnostic and contextual analysis of the current baseline for change
  • evaluate the process, outcomes, and sustainability of the practice change using post-tests and carry out a realist evaluation of the intervention.

Contact details

For more information about this project, please email the Research team at the Health Foundation.

Further reading

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REsTRAIN YOURSELF: Reducing physical restraint within mental health inpatient settings

Led by the University of Central Lancashire, this project aimed to improve patient safety by reducing the level of restraint.

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