Detention under Mental Health Law 2007 - Civil

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Course Overview

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

  • Informal admission
  • Civil Detention
    • Warrant for removal to a place of safety,
    • Holding powers – applications in respect of a patient already in hospital
  • Admission for assessment in cases of emergency
  • Detention for assessment
  • Detention for Treatment
  • Community treatment orders

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • Have a greater understanding of detention under mental health law and the Department of Health’s Code of Practice Mental Health Act 1983 in particular
  • Have considered the different types of detention available in respect of criminal and civil cases and the circumstances in which each option applies

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health practitioners




About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    9 Page


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  • Price
  • £ 60