This bite size session will
focus on emergency detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983, particularly
holding powers and emergency admission, whereby an emergency detention
certificate allows a person to be held in hospital for up to 72 hours while
their condition is assessed.
Delivered by former mental
health practitioner Steph Barber of Law Hound, this session will provide viewers
with an invaluable insight into this area of mental health law and is both a
useful introduction to, or reminder for those, specialising in mental health
law and tribunal work.
This course will examine the
- Holding provisions
of s5 of the MHA
- Section 5 (s5) can be used by a doctor or nurse to prevent a
patient from leaving hospital as a voluntary or informal patient. It can also
be used were patients are having treatment in a general hospital for a physical
condition. s5 should only be used when it is not possible or safe to use
sections 2, 3, or 4.
- S4 emergency
admission for assessment
4 (s4) requires the recommendation of only one doctor and is used in the
- The patient requires an assessment or
possible medical treatment; and
- The patient needs to be detained in the
interests of their own health, their own safety or to protect other
- it is urgent and necessary that the patient is
admitted and detained under section 2; and
- using section 2 would
involve an "undesirable delay
- S135 and s136
What are the requirements?
- Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
- This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).
- On completion of this course viewers will have a greater understanding of emergency detention and needs pertinent to more vulnerable clients
What is the target audience?
- Mental health practitioners