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The Mental Health Tribunal

The Mental Health Tribunal
An Essential Guide


May 2022 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

This accessible and practical guide demystifies the Mental Health Tribunal (England) and Mental Health Review Tribunal For Wales (MHRTW) for health and social care professionals. Written by a mental health lawyer and a social worker who is also a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal, it offers essential explanations of all stages of the Tribunal, from advance planning, the hearing itself, what happens after the hearing and how to ensure the welfare of the patient. Top tips, activities, expert quotes, and answers to frequently asked questions will guide you through the whole process, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for and attend a Tribunal with confidence.


Chapter 1: History and Legal Context
Chapter 2: Applications and References to the Tribunal
Chapter 3: What Powers and Duties Do the Tribunal Have?
Chapter 4: Who is on the Tribunal Panel and What are their Roles?
Chapter 5: Who Should Attend the Tribunal Hearing and Why?
Chapter 6: How do Tribunals Apply the Law?
Chapter 7: Preparing Written Evidence
Chapter 8: Pre-Hearing Matters
Chapter 9: What Happens At The Hearing?
Chapter 10: The Welfare of the Patient
Chapter 11: Decisions, Reviews, Appeals: Disagreements and Complaints
Recommended Further Reading and Online Resources
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation, Statutory Materials and Guidance

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