Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2012/13

The Care Quality Commission Report on the use of the Mental Health Act in 2012/13 is published. There were over 50,000 uses of the Act, the highest ever recorded. The CQC found that people’s access to advocacy services had improved since the … Continue reading

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Intellectual disability

Intellectual disability (ID), once called mental handicap, is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly. … Continue reading

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professional boundaries

A good definition of the term ‘professional boundary’ is the “boundary between what is acceptable and unacceptable for a professional both at work and outside work”. (Professional Boundaries Research Report, Sheffield Hallam University. Available at……. : www.gscc.org.uk/cmsFiles/Publications/GSCC_Professional_Boundaries_Research_Report_2009.pdf)

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Brooklands Hospital

  Services at Brooklands are provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.Most service users have a mild to moderate learning disability and are detained under a Section of Part 3 of the Mental Health Act.As a result, they … Continue reading

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is used by clinicians and psychiatrists to diagnose psychiatric illnesses. Until May of 2013, the DSM-IV-TR was the most recent version of the manual. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric … Continue reading

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Do you know to what Sections 132 and 132A refer?

Section 132 and 132A require Hospital Managers to take steps to ensure that all patients subject to the MHA are given and understand information about how the Act applies to them. This information must be given as soon as practicable after the start … Continue reading

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Are your Hospital Managers adhering to the Code?

“It is the hospital managers who have the authority to detain patients under the Act. They have the primary responsibility for seeing that the requirements of the Act are followed. In particular, they must ensure that patients are detained only … Continue reading

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