RQIA Guidelines: Mental Health (NI) Order 1986 – safeguards and rights Module 4

This module will be of interest to people who use mental health services, their families and carers as well as professionals with duties and responsibilities under the legislation.


The Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 recognises that an individual with a mental disorder may at certain times, because of their illness or condition be potentially vulnerable. The Order therefore contains a number of provisions to protect their rights and these will be described in the module.


The Order gives others powers to intervene in a way that may interfere with some of the patient’s human rights, including liberty, and offers compensatory protections through its processes.


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This module is the final of four in an e-learning programme. The entire programme will be used to support the Regulation Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) Guidelines on the use of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 [PDF]. Before attempting this module you should have completed:





Shortlisted for the GAIN Health and Social Care Quality Award.



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