06 November 2015

New Mental Health Act Code

New MHA CodeThe revised Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice [2015] provides updated statutory guidance to doctors, managers and approved mental health professionals on how they should proceed when undertaking duties under the Act.

However, the new code is also intended to be helpful to patients, their representatives, carers, families, friends, advocates and others who support them.

It describes the key principles and provides guidance on service users' rights under the Code including the principle of least restriction, and the safeguards contained in the Act to support these rights.

Our staff should make sure service users are aware of the Code of Practice and actively support anyone wishing to have access to the Code.

The Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice can be found here.

If you have any questions, please ask your Care Co-ordinator.

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