A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act

A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act

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This is a 'how to' book guiding clinicians through the mental health legislation that they need to understand and use in their daily practice. It includes practical advice on detaining and treating patients, civil and court detentions, community treatment orders, consent to treatment and giving written and oral evidence for Mental Health Tribunals. In addition to the Mental Health Act 1983 and its more recent amendments from 2007, the book also covers relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and illustrative case law. This new edition takes into account changes brought about by the new Health and Social Care Act 2012. It includes the new form for consenting community treatment order patients and significant new case law that has a bearing on clinical decision-making. Tony Zigmond is a psychiatrist with many years experience of using the legislation in his clinical practice. The book is written using the language of clinicians and includes practical answers to many of the questions regularly asked of the author during the many training courses for section 12 approval and Approved Clinician training that he has given.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 10mm | 258.55g
  • RCPsych Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1908020504
  • 9781908020505
  • 1,174,165

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"This is an excellent book from an author who is a recognised authority on mental health law and ethics. It is ambitious in trying to find a balance between covering the ground and remaining succinct and readable...the text is beautifully written. ...The author has produced a book that all mental health professionals would be advised to consider owning." - British Journal of Hospital Medicine "It is exactly as described - its strengths include a focus on practical aspects of the operation of the Act together with its clarity, brevity and common-sense approach - it is easy to find one's way around and the book deals with the sort of issues that arise in day-to-day practice for all of us. - One of the attractions is that in many of the chapters the relevant law is explored and then questions that might arise are posed and answered. - I suspect that this book will become a favourite, not only with busy, experienced clinicians, but particularly trainees. And so it should - here is a straightforward text written for doctors operating the law that can only serve to enhance their practice and in my view improve patient care." - The Psychiatrist

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About Tony Zigmond

Tony Zigmond is a Consultant Psychiatrist and former Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Leeds; he is a former Royal College of Psychiatrists' Lead on Mental Health Law; plus was a former Special Advisor to the Opposition in the House of Lords.

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