The Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions

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  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

Our Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course looks at restrictive interventions in the context of the Human Rights Act, the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legal and ethical principles.

The appropriate, legal use of restrictive intervention is necessary in many clinical settings. However, inappropriate use, and the lack of detailed documentation of decisions, can make healthcare professionals vulnerable to accusations of mistreatment.

This Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course has been certified by The Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD).

Who is it for?

This Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course is aimed at people in health and social care roles who sometimes have to restrain people in order to administer health care or to protect them from harm.

When do I get my certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

As this Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, your certificate will contain the CPD logo and can be used to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the course cover?

The Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course contains the following 7 topics and includes an assessment:

Introduction to restrictive interventions

  • What is restraint
  • Types of restraint
  • Doctrine of emergency

Background cases

  • What a claimant must prove in order to establish negligence
  • Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee (1957)
  • Bolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority (1997)
  • Wilsher v Essex Area Health Authority (1986)


  • The characteristics of good restrictive intervention records
  • Fact versus opinion
  • Incomplete tasking
  • Education

Legal Framework

  • Important issues relating to mental capacity
  • Restrictive interventions and people who have mental capacity
  • Restrictive interventions and people with short-term lack of capacity
  • Restrictive interventions and people with long-term lack of capacity
  • Emergency situations

Capacity assessment

  • The case of Re C
  • The test for mental capacity
  • Religious belief and capacity assessment

The Human Rights Act

  • The Human Rights Act
  • Prohibition of torture
  • Right to liberty and security
  • Right to respect for private and family life
  • Case study: Herczegfalvy

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

  • R v Bournewood Community and Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Key elements of DoLS
  • P v Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Best interests and deprivation of liberty
  • The acid test


The assessment is generated from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment – making the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment and informative feedback is given so candidates can learn from their incorrect responses.

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