Evidence-Informed Practice: an Evaluation of the David Bennett Inquiry Report

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Evidence-Informed Practice: An Evaluation of the David Bennett Inquiry Report

In this essay I will evaluate the David Bennett Inquiry Report, which was set up by the North, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority (NSCSHA) to investigate the death of Mr David Bennett. I will define evidence-informed practice (EIP) and summarise the inquiry report. I shall highlight and critically analyse some of the key issues raised in the report in relation to ethnic minority issues. Finally, I will discuss the implications of evidence-informed practice for social work as well as my own future practice.

EIP in social work began in the early 1990s when contemporary writers Geraldine MacDonald and her colleagues wrote articles very much
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During the argument David was racially abused by the patient. After the incident David was moved to another ward whilst the other patient remained on the ward. That night, whilst David was on the other ward, he lashed out and hit a nurse. Following this he was restrained by five nurses and a struggle developed. The correct procedures for restraining a patient were not followed; subsequently, David collapsed and died (NSCSHA, 2003).

Manthrop and Stanley (2004) state that inquiry reports have been issued continuously since the early 1990s in the UK; some high-profile cases such as the Victoria Climbie Inquiry and the Shipman Inquiry dominate others, but inquiries also cover other areas such as care of people with a disability and other vulnerable groups which are equally as vulnerable. An inquiry report is one piece of evidence that can be used by other professionals; failings are then responded to in relation to people's needs, which can then influence government policies. Inquiries also aim to inform practice and prevent the same mistakes from happening again, but in reality does this happen? (Mathews and Crawford, 2011; Manthrop and Stanley, 2004). Manthrop and Stanley (2004) state inquiries are useful because they go into detail about those viewed by society as the most stigmatised and socially excluded groups. However, Ward and Applin (1998 cited in
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