Mental Health Act 1983: patient information leaflets

Department of Health and Social Care, June 2018

The leaflets are designed to help hospitals and local social services authorities (LSSAs) provide written information to patients who have been detained under section 135 or 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The leaflets explain to the person:

  • why they are in hospital
  • what to expect during this section
  • their rights
  • what could happen afterwards

The leaflets contain form fields for healthcare professionals to enter the expiry date and time of the patient’s detention.  The leaflets are non-statutory and hospitals or LSSAs are not obliged to use them.

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Government’s U turn on custodial healthcare will endanger vulnerable people, says BMA

BMJ, 30 December 2015

The UK government’s decision to drop plans to transfer police custodial healthcare commissioning to the NHS in England has been criticised by the BMA, which fears that it will put vulnerable people at risk of harm….

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PCC Spotlight: Mental Health

Revolving Doors, June 2015

Revolving Doors have published their latest ‘PCC Spotlight’ briefing, highlighting promising work by Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to improve responses for people facing mental health problems.  The briefing argues that PCCs are in an important position locally to bring key strategic partners together and improve responses to people with mental health problems that come into contact with the police, and highlights areas of promising practice.

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Fact sheets for frontline staff working in the criminal justice system who come into contact with people with learning disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, May 2015

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have created a range of fact sheets and information resources to help frontline services staff assist people with Learning Disabilities who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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Mental health and policing improving crisis care

NHS Confederation, 26 January 2015

This joint briefing by the Mental Health Network (MHN) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) highlights emerging good practice to deliver improved care for people in mental health crisis. It demonstrates our organisations’ commitment to the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat (‘the Concordat’).

Key points:

  • Too many people in mental health crisis have been detained in police custody when they need urgent mental healthcare instead.
  • People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population.
  • Close partnership working can prevent a crisis escalating and significantly improve an individual’s wellbeing and recovery.
  • The police and mental health providers need to clearly understand each other’s legal powers, roles and responsibilities.
  • Triage models should be locally determined according to context and need.
  • More work is needed to support multi-agency information sharing.
  • NHS commissioners need to work with providers to ensure that there are enough health-based places of safety.
  • NHS commissioners should ensure that sufficient services are in place for 24/7 provision to meet local need.

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Service user experience key to changing Mental Health Act police powers and improving care in a crisis, says new report

Centre for Mental Health, December 2014

This report finds that the use of police powers under the Mental Health Act is a major concern for service users, family carers and professionals alike. It concludes that the use of police powers under the Mental Health Act has to change. In most cases, change could be achieved through better use of existing powers. In all cases, heeding the voices of people who have been detained under these sections is vital to ensure any changes to police powers or their application improve people’s experiences.

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Mentally-ill teenagers no longer to be held in cells

BBC News, 18 December 2014

Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a “place of safety”.  Home Secretary Theresa May will announce later an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales…

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