Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17

Care Quality Commission, March 2018

Annual report from the Care Quality commission on implementation of the Mental Health Act  that finds limited or no improvement in the key concerns that have been raised in the previous years. It concludes that mental health services are not doing enough to ensure that people whose liberty has been restricted under the Mental Health Act are able to exercise their rights; and that this situation is not improving.

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Mental Health Act: the rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Care Quality Commission, January 2018

Between 2005/06 and 2015/16, the reported number of uses of the Mental Health Act (MHA) increased by 40%. It is well established that people from Black and minority ethnic groups are much more likely to be detained than those in White British groups. In October 2017, in response to these and other concerns, the government announced an independent review of the MHA. This review will make recommendations for improvements to legislation and practice in late 2018.  This paper identifies the following key factors:

  • Changes in mental health service provision and bed management
  • Demographic and social change
  • Legal and policy developments that have influenced practice
  • Data reporting and data quality

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A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments

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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A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow: an agenda for reform

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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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16

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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Mental Health Act: exercise of approval instructions 2015

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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