RNHA accuses regulator of ‘character assassination’ in wake of report on use of restraint in care homes
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has reacted with outrage to a recent report by the regulator – the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) – which reviews the use of restraint in care homes. The RNHA describes the report, Rights, Risks and Restraints, as “yet another unjustified character assassination of the care home sector‚ by the national regulator” and says the CSCI has created negative impression and raised exaggerated concerns.
RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the CSCI had failed to grasp an opportunity to work with the long-term care sector in finding practical answers to the very complex factors involved in looking after individuals who had multiple problems and who, in some instances, displayed erratic and challenging behaviour.
“On the one hand the regulator says that care home residents must be allowed to take risks,” said Mr Ursell.
“On the other hand, when risks are taken and something goes wrong, such as a ver