The SUGAR project was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) scheme http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/fundingdetails.htm?postid=2219 . This grant funded a programme of research led by Professor Len Bowers, entitled 'Reducing Conflict and Containment in Psychiatry'. SUGAR was established in 2009 and is facilitated by Professor Alan Simpson. From October 2014, SUGAR will be supported jointly by the School of Health Sciences, City University London and East London NHS Foundation Trust. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, the Department of Health, City University London or East London NHS Foundation Trust.