Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Five Principles

Principles of the Mental Health Act Every decision you make under the Mental Health Act must be informed by the 5 Principles- Purpose principle Decisions under the Act must be taken with a view to minimising the undesirable effects of … Continue reading

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Assessment for Admission to Hospital

The Assessment A Mental Health Act assessment should be an open and transparent process and the AMHP should ensure that they inform service user who they are, what their role is, show their ID and explain who they work for. … Continue reading

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Informal Admission

Informal Admission There are many reasons why an informal admission is preferable to one under section, not least is consideration of the Least Restriction Principle. Usually, if a Service User consents to coming to hospital, they will do so as … Continue reading

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Carers Assessment 2

Services that may help you and the person you care for include: a break from caring help with housework changes to equipment or adaptations to the home emotional support This assessment is about your needs as a carer. The needs … Continue reading

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Carers Assessment 1

There is no definition of ‘regular and substantial care’. In a carer’s assessment, social services will look at your situation. They will see if you’re entitled to any services that could make caring easier for you. The assessment is an opportunity for you … Continue reading

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Supervised Community Treatment 4

The Approved Mental Health Professional’s (AMHP’s) formal role in setting up a CTO involves determining with the RC whether the criteria are met and that it is appropriate to make the CTO. The AMHP must also agree the conditions to … Continue reading

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Supervised Community Treatment 3

Supervised Community Treatment 3 If the Approved Mental Health Professional agrees, SCT can be put in place. The Responsible Clinician must complete the Community Treatment Order (CTO), (Form CTO1). The RC must specify: • the date and time when the CTO … Continue reading

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Supervised Community Treatment 2

SCT will be one of the options which the Responsible Clinician considers when reviewing the patient’s treatment. It is the RC’s responsibility to: 1. undertake a risk assessment – assess the risk of relapse in the community or the possibility … Continue reading

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Supervised Community Treatment

Which patients are eligible for SCT? A patient is only eligible for SCT after a period of detention and treatment in hospital, usually under s3 of the Act. Patients detained under an unrestricted hospital order (s37) or an unrestricted hospital … Continue reading

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Forensic Social Workers

Jones and Sidebottom (1962) reviewed three English mental hospitals. In the first one there were no Social Workers.  The authors were told that very few “social work problems” existed, and that the few which did were “dealt with by Medical Staff”. Prior (1993) … Continue reading

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