06 November 2015
New Mental Health Act Code
The revised Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice
 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
If you have any questions, please ask your Care