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The Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Mental Health Law

The Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Mental Health Law

Fourth Edition

May 2016 | 264 pages | Learning Matters

Written specifically for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs), this book brings together key elements of the legislation, Code of Practice, Memorandum, Government Circulars and relevant case law and policy. It also discusses the role of an AMHP in the revised Mental Health Act, as well as the Key Competencies.

This fully-revised fourth edition analyses updated legislation, case law and policy, while recent changes and cases covered include:

-          The revised English Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act

-          The revised Reference Guide to the Mental Health Act

-          A number of cases concerning the nearest relative

-          Clarification on personal accountability of the AMHP

-          Revisions to the tribunal report requirements in England

-          The impact of the Cheshire West case decisions in the Supreme Court

An essential guide for practising AMHPs or those currently in training, this book contains extensive appendices which cover Mental Health Act Assessments, Practice Directions (first tier tribunal) and the AMHP Regulations for both England and Wales. It also includes checklists, case studies and exercises to aid practice and learning.

Introduction and definitions of mental disorder
Civil admissions, guardianship and community treatment orders
Relatives and carers
The role of the Approved Mental Health Professional
Patients concerned in criminal proceedings
Consent to treatment and mental capacity
Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers' Reviews
The Care Quality Commission for England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
Other relevant legislation
The Human Rights Act 1998
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Appendix 1: Checklists for applications and forms
Appendix 2: The Human Rights Act 1998
Appendix 3: The Mental Health Act 1983: sections relevant to AMHPs
Appendix 4A: The AMHP Regulations for England
Appendix 4B: The AMHP Regulations for Wales
Appendix 5: Forms used in England and Wales
Appendix 6: Tasks for an AMHP involved in MHA assessments (answers
Appendix 7: Practice Direction (First-tier Tribunal) (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Statements and Reports in Mental Health Cases
Appendix 8: The Mental Health (Conflicts of Interest) (England) Regulations 2008 Statutory Instrument No. 1205/2008 (England)
Appendix 9: Multiple choice answers
Appendix 10: Schedule 2 of Domestic Crimes and Violence Act 2004

In line with the new changes to DOLS I am waiting for a book that will cover this to prepare mental health social workers.

Ms Laura Louise Wedgewood
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
June 10, 2019

An excellent guide to a complex area of AMHP practice and law. Breaks down the complex to make it understandable.

Mr Alan Marshall
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
December 13, 2016

An excellent handbook for the mental health professional and for health students.

Mr Neil Robdale
Health, Social Care, Sport & Ex. Sci, Glyndwr University
November 9, 2016

a useful resource for mental health students in their field module

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
November 1, 2016

A comprehensive guide for both the students and lecturer. Well set out easy to follow – students feedback that they will buy copies to aid their studies

Mrs Sonia Pieczenko-Feldges
Care, Grimsby Institute and University Centre
October 26, 2016

Clear, student-friendly guide to mental health law and policy.

Ms Emma Inch
School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton
July 28, 2016

A vey informative book for both the health professional and student. It discusses the key elements in law, legislation code of practice and relevant case law and policy. This book is for AMHP's but very informative for those wanting to know about the revised code of practice to the mental health act, and cases in relation to the nearest relative.

Mr Dean McShane
School of Health & Social Care, Chester University
July 25, 2016

An interesting and informative addition to the current reading list

Dr Valerie Gant
Department of Social Work, Chester University
July 1, 2016

A comprehensive book with relevant up to date detail.

Mr Stefan Brown
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
June 6, 2016

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