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16 June 2021 Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: Statutory guidance for NHS organisations in England and police forces in England and Wales

On 1 November 2018, the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent , however a commencement dated for the full implementation date of the Act has not yet been provided.

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Legal update

14 May 2021 The future of care - round table summary

Read our summary of the insights gathered from our recent roundtables dedicated to the future of care and looking into various areas of the care sector from elderly care to learning disabilities and from retirement living to supported living.

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Care Business Briefing - Future of Care Special

Catch up on our on-demand video where our Health specialists talked about the Future of Care with discussions about social care in an ICS world, the future of mental health and learning disability and retirement living.

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Mental Health Act and Legal Update

In this on-demand video, we covered The MHA white paper, The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 and Devon Partnership NHS Trust v SSHSC [2021] EWHC 101 (Admin).

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10 March 2021 Reforming the Mental Health Act - a review of the MHA White Paper

It is two years since Professor Sir Simon Wessely delivered his landmark Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. The government has now published the Mental Health Act white paper, setting out their plans to reform the act in response to Sir Wessely’s report.

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9 February 2021 Shared Insights: Managing complex patients

The importance of Trusts developing a written plan so that you are ready to act quickly if anti-Covid or anti-vaccination protesters come on to your site to protest.

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26 January 2021 High Court confirms it's unlawful for assessments for detention under s.2, s.3, s.4 and s.7 Mental Health Act 1983 to be conducted remotely

On 22 January 2021, the High Court confirmed that under the Mental Health Act 1983, the phrases “personally seen” in s. 11(5) and “personally examined” in s. 12(1) require the physical attendance by the AMHP and s.12 Doctor on the patient when an assessment is being carried out for detention under the Act.

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Legal update

14 January 2021 Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper

The Government will today publish a white paper setting out proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act 1983. The reforms aim to empower individuals to have more control over their treatment.

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1 December 2020 Mental Health Act detaining authorities

The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament and come into force today - 1st December 2020.

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23 July 2020 Managing the mental health act (MHA) during Covid-19

Useful and comprehensive guidance has been issued for practitioners assessing and managing patients detained under the Mental Health Act (“MHA”) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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