mental health law

Booklet intended for hospital and care home managers to assist them in fulfilling their statutory roles and responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislation.

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 20 March 2003 and came into force in October 2005. It was clear from the ongoing monitoring to which the Act was subject that there were some areas in which problems were being experienced. Accordingly, the Scottish Government decided to institute a limited review of the Act.

Scottish Government document setting out the code of practice intended to guide the actions of anyone authorised under an intervention order or guardianship order.

The new section 131A of the Mental Health Act is due to come into force in April 2010. This amendment will ensure that patients aged under 18 are treated in an environment in hospital which is suitable having regard to their age, with the purpose of preventing the inappropriate admission of children and young people to adult psychiatric wards.

The Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) of the Community Order can be given to offenders in England who have an identified mental health problem and have consented to receiving readily available treatment. This paper lays out what is known so far about the MHTR and further areas for investigation concerning its operation.

This At a glance summary presents an overview of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005, which is important to health and social care practice. The MCA has been in force since 2007. The primary purpose of the MCA is to promote and safeguard decision-making within a legal framework.

Booklet intended as an aid for NHS managers and others in offering employment opportunities for mental health service users and improving working lives and job retention for all staff in their workplace. It provides good practice examples of employing people with mental health problems and contains practical tools to help implement organisational change.

Report looking at the treatment of vulnerable defendants, both children and adults, in the criminal courts of England and Wales. It assesses existing provision for both groups of vulnerable defendants, identifies gaps in provision and makes recommendations to fill those gaps.

This evaluative research study was commissioned to explore the implementation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act). A team of independent researchers including 8 mental health service users undertook the study, which lasted 2 years from September 2006.

Factsheet giving a concise introduction to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and a step-by-step flowchart to help people follow the five basic principles of the Act when deciding whether or not to use the legislation.