The Department of Health’s Code of Practice Mental Health Act 1983 provides guidance to medical practitioners etc on how they should proceed when undertaking duties under the Act. This course, delivered by experienced lecturer Steph Barber, will review chapter 4 of the Code which deals with detention in its various forms.
Viewers will receive guidance on who is involved in the decision to detain, their role, function and powers e.g. independent mental health advocates, nearest relatives and hospital managers. In addition, Steph will discuss the alternatives to detention and the factors which practitioners must take into consideration e.g. health and safety of the patient, protection of others and psychological and physical harm.
This section of the course will consider the following types of detention which can apply in civil cases
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