Treatment of the mentally ill in the UK is governed by the Mental Health Act (1983) and the Code of Pracitce (S.118) published in 1990 and reviewed periodically by the Secretary of State. Nurses in any speciality may encounter patients suffering from mental disorder and therefore need to have an understanding of the legal principles involved. Mental Health Law for Nurses provides an introduction and practical guide to the law and directives embodied in these. Nurses specialising in the care of the mentally ill or handicapped will find this a book for easy reference and directly relevant to their everyday practice. This book provides coverage for community care homes and institutional settings. It includes questions and exercises to encourage debate and discussion. A comprehensive bibliography enables practitioners to follow-up areas of interest.
Table Of Contents:
The Code of Practice and other guidance; definitions, medical recommendations and implications; admission to hospital; mentally disordered offenders; information provision to patient and nearest relative; consent to treatment; appeals against detention; leave with consent under Section 17; returning the patient to hospital; transfer of patients; entering premises to take patient; police powers of arrest; the nearest relative; guardianship; the role of the approved social worker and the social worker; community care; rectification of documents; the mental health managers; The Mental Health Act Commission; offences under the Act and staff protection against court action by the patient.