Mental Health Law for Nurses

  • ID: 2221377
  • Book
  • 212 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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.
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Introduction; The Code of Practice and other guidance; Definitions of mental disorder and medical recommendations for admission; Admission to hospital under Part II of the Act; Admission ot hospital under Part III of the Act: mentally disordered offenders; Provision of information to the patient and nearest relative; The nearest relative; Consent to treatment; Appeals against detention; Leave with consent under section 17; Returning the patient to hospital; Entering premises to take a patient; Police powers of arrest; Transfer of patients; Guardianship; The role of the approved social worker and the social worker; Community care; Rectification of documents; The Mental Health Act Managers; The Mental Health Act Commission; Offences under the Act and staff protection against court action by the patient; Conclusion; Glosssary; Table of Cases; Table of Statutes and Statutory Instruments; Appendices
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"It is a wonder we have managed so long without such a book. It is easy to imagine Mental Health Law for Nurses becoming a standard text if not the standard text on the subject."

Tony Gillam, Nursing Times, 1996

"Mental Health Law for Nurses is well and worthily recommended in this difficult area of care."

William Whitfield, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 24.

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