Mental Health Law in England and Wales

Mental Health Law in England and Wales : A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

By (author) Paul Barber , By (author) Robert E. Brown , By (author) Debbie Martin

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This revised second edition is a complete guide to the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the 2007 Act, and is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work for any mental health professional - from social workers and occupational therapists, to GPs and nurses. It will also be of value to patients and their elatives and carers. Featuring clear guidance on how mental health law operates in practice, this book also describes in close detail how people can be admitted to psychiatric hospital or treated within the community. This revised second edition contains important updates including the Mental Health Tribunal Practice Directions and the recent introduction of the Care Quality Commission and the Health Inspectorate (Wales). The 2007 amendment to the Mental Health Act provides a legal basis for informal admission, compulsory admission (sometimes referred to as 'sectioning'), as well as guardianship and the new Community Treatment Order, and this too is covered and explained. Also dealt with are the provisions for mentally disordered offenders who may come into mental health services via the courts or by being transferred from prison. Written by a Solicitor, a Mental Health Act Commissioner and an Approved Social Worker with working experience of putting the law into practice, this book includes: " The full text of the main body of the Mental Health Act (as amended) , as well as the relevant rules and regulations. " Practical advice and checklists for working with the Act. " Updated Case Law and relevant case examples to illustrate key points.

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 24mm | 598.74g
  • 06 Jul 2012
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • Learning Matters Ltd
  • Exeter
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0857257218
  • 9780857257215
  • 541,456

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Paul Barber qualified in 1976. Until December 2003 he was a partner at Bevan Ashford Solicitors (now Bevan Brittan) where for many years he led the firm's NHS Litigation Department, increasingly specialising in the field of Mental Health and Human Rights law. He is now a Consultant to the firm and a freelance trainer and lecturer. He is extensively involved in training Approved Social Workers and lecturing on Section 12 Approval courses for doctors. He also provides training for the Mental Health Act Commission and numerous NHS Trusts and Health Authorities. Robert Brown is a social worker and a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. He provides refresher training for AMHPs and helps to train Section 12 Approved Doctors and Approved Clinicians in South West England and Wales. He provides consultation and supervision services to Cornwall, Guernsey, Hampshire, Jersey and Reading. Rob has published widely in the field of mental health and mental capacity law; co-authoring The Mental Health Capacity Act 2005: a Guide to Practice as well as Mental Health Law in England and Wales. He was a Mental Health Act Commissioner from 1992-2010. Prior to that, Rob worked as a Mental Health Welfare Officer and then an Approved Social Worker with Hampshire County Council. He has been a lecturer at Southampton University, Stirling University and Croydon College. Rob is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and was a finalist in the British Social Work Awards 2013, Lifetime Achievement category. Debbie Martin is Unit Leader and lecturer on the new Approved Mental Health Professionals course in South West England. She currently practices as an Approved Mental Health Professional in Wiltshire and has worked as a social worker and mental health manager in Manchester. Debbie also teaches on section 12 Approval courses for doctors and provides training for the Mental Health Act Commission and various NHS Trusts, Health Authorities and Local Authorities.

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'Comprehensive and contains virtually all the material that the budding Approved Mental Health Professional might need' - Professor Malcolm Golightly, The British Journal of Social Work This revised edition is an invaluable reference guide to the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the 2007 act. There is a useful discussion of deprivation of liberty safeguards, tribunals, the Care Quality Commission in England and the health inspectorate in Wales. This will be an invaluable reference to healthcare professionals and students with an interest in the theory and practice of mental health law. It will also be of value to patients and their relatives or carers. -- Marc Cornock Nursing Standard

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