A Practitioner's Guide to Mental Health Law

Wildy Simmonds & Hill
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A Practitioner’s Guide to Mental Health Law provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to a complex but fascinating area of law, covering matters of everyday concern to lawyers and other mental health professionals in a clear and easy-to-read format. Topics include: • An overview of the statutory and regulatory framework for mental health law • The impact of the ECHR on mental health law • The meaning of mental disorder • Law and procedure governing civil admissions to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 • Law and procedure governing criminal admissions to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 • Police powers in respect of the mentally disordered • Treatment of patients under Part IV of the Mental Health Act 1983 • Rules governing the admission to hospital and treatment of children and young persons • The rights of detained patients • Discharge powers available to responsible clinicians, nearest relatives and hospital managers • The constitution, role and powers of Mental Health Tribunals • Aftercare, guardianship and community treatment orders • Medical treatment and other decision-making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 • The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards • Mental disorder and criminal law The Guide also provides a glossary of key terms and participants in the legal process, a summary of the main differences between English and Welsh law and procedure, definitions and explanations of the main psychiatric disorders, and checklists covering the key procedural points in hospital admissions.

Part One. Overview of the Mental Health Act 1983

Part Eight. Other Aspects of Mental Health Law

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