Royal College of Emergency Medicine, December 2017
This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person. It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.
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Department of Health, November 2017
This is a guidance document to support the implementation of changes made to the police powers and places of safety provisions in the Mental Health Act 1983.
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Mental Health Alliance, June 2017
This report summarises the findings of a survey of over 8000 people who use mental health services, carers, and professionals working in the field. The report highlights concerns that the Mental Health Act overlooks the dignity and human rights of people with mental illness. The Mental Health Alliance, made up of over 75 organisations working in the mental health sector, commissioned the research and is calling on the Government to urgently act on its promise made in the run up to the General Election to review the Act, and ensure any reform takes into account the views expressed by those people it’s there to protect.
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Law Commission, March 2017
This report presents recommendations by the Law Commission for a new system to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to ensure that the rights of vulnerable people are better protected.
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NHS Confederation, November 2016
In its annual review of the Mental Health Act, published on Friday 18 November, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) outlined how several healthcare services in England are using the Act to maximise people’s recovery, wellbeing and support when they have been detained; however, it raises concerns that progress needs to happen at a faster pace for key issues, such as patient involvement and protection of rights.
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Department of Health, January 2016
These instructions lay out the function of approving registered medical practitioners and of approving individuals to act as approved clinicians under the 1983 Mental Health Act.
These instructions lay out how to approve registered medical practitioners and of approving people to act as approved clinicians under the 1983 Mental Health Act.
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NHS Confederation, 10 December 2015
More than 58,000 people have been detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) in 2014/15, representing the highest ever year-on-year increase in uses of the Act, official figures have shown…
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