mental health law

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in various respects; to make provision about mental health disposals in criminal cases; to make provision as to the rights of victims of crime committed by mentally-disordered persons; and for connected purposes.

Covert medication is the administration of any medical treatment in disguised form.  These guidelines cover:

  • The legal framework for the use of covert medication
  • Practical guidance in how to administer it
  • A suggested care pathway for its use
  • Case examples

Research that is a call to action for all services to improve the way we respond to people with mental health problems who have been victims of crime. As one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, this is an issue that can’t be ignored or dismissed.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They apply in England and Wales only. This report examines what deprivation of liberty is and its safeguards.

Free e-Learning resources that provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the many areas of the Mental Capacity Act.

This document is a Report for the Social Care Institute for Excellence. It was published by Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol in July 2008. ‘Listen to what I want’ (Jan-May 2008) was a short study of major decisions in the lives of 20 people with learning disabilities, from their point of view. The overall purpose was to learn more about the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) with people with learning disabilities.

The MCA Code of Practice says that the IMCA safeguard is intended for ‘those people who have little or no network of support, such as close family or friends, who take an interest in their welfare or no one willing or able to be formally consulted in decision-making processes’ (10.74). It provides guidance about when an IMCA should be instructed in cases where a person has some contact with family or friends

Website resource that offers a range of publications on the topic of mental health, including reports, briefings and information booklets. Publications can be searched by keyword, publication title or by browsing an A-Z title list.

Report describing the quality of care planning for patients with repeat admissions under the Mental Health Act 1983, assessing the extent to which the Care Programme Approach (CPA) is being operated effectively and making conclusions about factors which contribute to the best quality of care and outcomes for such patients.

Paper considering ways in which health and social services can re-shape their policies and practices in order to help dementia sufferers and their carers maintain as independent a life as possible given that cases of dementia are set to increase in the future.