This revised Code of Practice (‘the Code’) has been prepared in accordance with section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘the Act’) by the Secretary of State for Health after consulting such bodies as appeared to him to be concerned, and laid before Parliament. The Code will come into force on 1 April 2015.
This Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to registered medical practitioners,approved clinicians, managers and staff of providers, and approved mental health professionals on how they should carry out functions under the Mental Health Act (‘the Act’) in practice. It is statutory guidance for registered medical practitioners and other professionals in relation to the medical treatment of patients suffering from mental disorder.
26.70 patients should not be deliberately restrained in a way that impacts on their airway, breathing or circulation. The mouth and/or nose should never be covered and there should be no pressure to the neck region, rib cage and/or abdomen. Unless there are cogent reasons for doing so, there must be no planned or intentional restraint of a person in a prone position (whereby they are forcibly laid on their front) on any surface, not just the floor.