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ICM Launches National Standards to Meet Positive and Proactive Care Standards

The ICM is has launched its ‘National Minimum Standards for the Training & Application of Physical Interventions’. Following 2 years of consultation that started with an ICM National Conference at the University of Brighton and hosted by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, these NMS are designed to sit alongside its ‘Quality Award Centre Accreditation for Positive & Proactive Interventions within Health & Social Care’. Developed to work in tandem with each other (alongside the ICM Code of Practice and Physical Skills Tutor Accreditation already established), these standards are developed to assist organisations and training providers in the health & social care sector in meeting their national regulatory obligations.

In April 2014 the Department of Health published guidance on ‘Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions’ in which it highlighted that the ICM was one of the organisations that offer voluntary quality accreditation schemes.

This latest ICM development further strengthens this process, and offers health and social care related organisation and trainers a way to ensure compliance with the above and the NICE guidelines, “Violence and Aggression Short-term management in mental health, health and community settings.” It also meets the requirements of the “Mental Health Act 1983, Code of Practice 2015.

Further information can be requested from Stuart Hex at the ICM Secretariat via email:, or by telephone on 01162 747354.

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