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by Dr Abdul
Published: July 2020
This module will start off with a brief review
of the history and evolution of mental health law. We will
encourage reflection on the complex issues inherent in enforcing
treatment against an individual’s wishes, referring to concerns
about human rights violations and the need to adhere to the Code of
After a recap of key definitions and the
criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983,
we will introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of Approved
Clinicians (ACs) and how these differ from those of section
12-approved doctors (registered medical practitioners).
This module will also give you a clinical
perspective on the role of the AC/Responsible Clinician
(RC) in relation to commonly used sections of the Mental
Health Act 1983 (including Part 3) before you move on to Module 2,
which covers detailed legal aspects in relation to the roles,
responsibilities and powers ACs/RCs have under the Act.
Other modules in this series include:
Clinician Induction: Module 2 – A legal
Clinician Induction: Module 3 – A personal
perspective of lived and caring experience
Clinician Induction: Module 4 – Protecting
patients’ rights and autonomy
Clinician Induction: Module 5 – An AMHP's
Clinician Induction: Module 6 – Special
considerations (CAMHS and ID) and the approvals process
If you like this module, you may also be interested in:
Mental Health Act 1983: Criteria for
detention by Dr Guy Brookes, Dr Tim Branton and Dr Nick
Mental Health Act 1983: Safeguards (England) by
Dr Guy Brookes, Dr Tim Branton and Dr Nick Brindle
Community treatment orders by Dr Guy Brookes,
Dr Nick Brindle and Dr Tim Branton
Mental health and tribunal law: Part 1 – an
introduction by Dr Sanjay Khurmi
Mental health and tribunal law: Part 2 –
Section 72 of the Mental Health Act by Dr Sanjay
Human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 –
implications for psychiatrists by Dr Martin Curtice and Dr
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