Is breakaway training effective? Examining the evidence and the reality

Paul Rogers, Gail Miller, Brodie Paterson, Clive Bonnett, Peter Turner, Sue Brett, Karen Flynn, Jimmy Noak

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Breakaway training is a mandatory training programme for mental health staff in both NHS and private services. However, the question that remains outstanding from the recent guidance on the management of short-term violence published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)(NICE, 2005a; 2005b) is whether breakaway training is effective? This paper provides a history of and evidence for breakaway training, and a study examining the content of breakaway training in one English high secure hospital is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5 - 12
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007


  • breakaway training
  • violence
  • violence reduction
  • prevention
  • training


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