• Client Priory Group
  • Product Standard Pod
  • Sector Mental Health

Summary

  • Reduced injuries to both staff and patients
  • Reduction in higher level physical interventions
  • Prone virtually eradicated
  • Calverton Hill recommends the Safety Pod to other similar services
  • Better patient care and safety and improved management of challenging behaviour
  • improved de-escalation and confidence amongst staff
  • Background:

    Priory Calverton Hill provides acute adult mental health services, delivered in partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, at its purpose built facility in Arnold.

    After two years of successfully providing services for females, it opened a second service in May on behalf of the Trust, for male patients. It also has Medium Secure Services on site for patients with a learning disability and is looking to develop other service types in the future.

    Feedback:

    Reduction in injuries

    The feedback stated that ‘yes’ using the Safety Pod at the facility had reduced the number of injuries to both staff and patients, with the additional comment: “Since the introduction of Safety Pods incident numbers have reduced and injuries to patients and staff have been dramatically reduced through implementation and use of [the Safety Pod] during an episode of restraint.”

    Reduction in higher level physical interventions

    The feedback also stated that using the Safety Pod minimised the need for using higher level physical interventions such as prone (face down on the floor) and supine (face up on the floor) restraint.

    The additional comment that “prone has virtually been eradicated within our local sites” was also included.

    Recommendation

    The feedback stated that ‘yes’ Calverton Hill would recommend the use of Safety Pods to other similar services. The site also rated the overall service of UK Pods Ltd as “very good”.

    Additional comments:

    Jason Timmons, patient safety, security and PMVA lead at Calverton Hill, added that patient care and safety with this resource has made a general difference to managing challenging behaviour.

    He added it had also “improved de-escalation and confidence amongst staff” and had led to “respect from the patient group on how they are being managed”.