Peter Turner is an experienced specialist with a demonstrated history spanning over 30 years of working within high secure and forensic mental health settings. He is skilled in the design and delivery of violence-reduction and least-restrictive clinical and operational strategies to predict, prevent and manage acute behavioural disturbances.
Pete has extensive experience of working with some of the most vulnerable and violent groups who require enhanced support to proactively deliver safe recovery-focused care within very challenging settings and unique set of circumstances. He provides direct oversight, support and supervision to multi-disciplinary teams to develop proactive cultures and whole system approaches to provide safe, responsive and consistent levels of care.
Pete has developed a sound knowledge base and understanding of best practice guidance, relevant laws and legislation, biological and social influences and associated risks pertaining to this complex subject matter. He has gained vast experience of designing theoretical and physical PMVA training programmes for hospital, care and public authority environments. He is Chair of the high secure service PMVA manual steering group with the responsibility of overseeing, developing and maintaining consistency of approaches across all of the UK high secure estates, including numerous NHS services and private care environments that work under the auspices of the developed model. Part of this work is the designing and testing of all physical restraint procedures before being considered legally and ethically safe for inclusion into the hierarchy of response options for all service line populations.
Pete has led in the design, innovation and testing of high secure escort vehicles, emergency response equipment, mechanical restraints, de-escalation furniture and environments, redevelopment programmes to improve environmental safety, personal safety and therapeutic alliance, large scale hospital rebuild projects and purpose-built use of force training centres.
Pete has developed effective leadership skills to lead and manage large service improvement projects to reduce violence and the unnecessary use of restrictive interventions. With high clinical and operational responsibilities for developing individualised and group care pathways, along with being available 24/7 to provide expert advice to service leads, clinical teams and other stakeholders.
Pete has extensive experience of the operational responsibility of leading teams and the decision-making process to advise the operational command structure in the management and resolution of high-risk incidents involving individuals and large-scale disturbances with serious and sustained intent of harming themselves and/or others.
Pete has extensive teaching and lived operational experience of the use of specialised equipment i.e. handcuffs, mechanical restraint devices, public order equipment, method of entry and crime scene preservation.
He is efficient in the analysis of incident data and reviewing of CCTV and body-worn camera footage, which is essential to the continuous cycle of learning and improving practice. His combined expertise is often called upon to lead/support serious incident reviews to ascertain factual information during localised reviews and during legal proceedings.
Pete continues to work closely with many public authority agencies to share best practices and to seek essential learning opportunities as well as maintaining a sound knowledge base of the use of equipment and procedures that may be considered necessary during incidents that may require a collaborative multi-agency approach.
More recently, and through such collaborative work, Pete has made significant contributions to the reduction of violence and the use of physical restraints (including prone restraint) within the West Yorkshire police custody settings.
Pete sits on many national groups including the NHS England expert reference group to reduce the use of restrictive practice within commissioned mental health services. He is also an external examiner at the University of South Wales for their BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice (Violence Reduction).
Within this field of expertise, Pete provides advice to many leading experts and public authorities during national policy writing, best practice guidance reviews, individual clinical care pathway reviews, procedural and operational consultations, training programme reviews and general advice/support to multi-disciplinary teams, organisations and trainers.