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Course Aims:

This CPDcast aims to examine the Amended Mental Health 1983 by looking at the key provisions contained in it and the guiding principles that stem from it. It also discusses new definitions featured in the act and how key roles have been redefined.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the government’s aims behind the changes;
  • Know what is stated in section 118;
  • Know the guiding principles laid out in the Code of Practice for England;
  • Understand what is stated in the least restriction principle;
  • Know what the respect principle is;
  • Know the contents of the participation principle;
  • Understand what is meant by the effectiveness, efficiency and Equity principle;
  • Understand how the definition of mental disorder has changed;
  • Appreciate how the treatability test has been affected by the amendments;
  • Know what is meant by the phrase ‘appropriate treatment’;
  • Know the rules surrounding Electroconvulsive Therapy;
  • Understand the nearest relative provisions;
  • Understand how the amendments have redefined the roles of those people involved in the Mental Health Act;
  • Understand the differentiation between an approved clinician and a responsible clinician.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Amended Mental Health Act 1983;
  • The Code of Practice for England.

In this CPDcast Andrew Parsons, a Partner at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, discusses the Amended Mental Health Act 1983. He examines the aims behind the government’s change to the act and the changes themselves with a particular emphasis on section 118. He also discusses the Code of Practice for England and the guiding principles laid out in it and analyses the amendment to the definition of mental disorders. Finally, he examines the rules surrounding Electroconvulsive Therapy, the nearest relative provisions and how the amendments to the Mental Health Act have redefined the key roles of those involved. He also discusses the rules surrounding Community Treatment Orders.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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