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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

Fifth Edition

October 2019 | 272 pages | Learning Matters
This highly practical book brings together the elements of legislation, Code of Practice, Memorandum, Government Circulars and relevant case law, policy and AMPH regulations that trainees are required to get to grips with to pass the course and practice as a registered Mental Health Professional. 

This fully-revised fifth edition is an essential guide for practising AMHPs, or those currently in training. With extensive appendices which cover Mental Health Act Assessments, Practice Directions (first tier tribunal) and the AMHP Regulations for both England and Wales. it also offers checklists, multiple choice questions and exercises to aid practice and learning, and includes:

-        Updates to recent legislation, case law and policy

-        The impact of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 on patient admissions and the Mental Health Act

-        The implications of the 2017-18 Annual Report by the CQC and HIW looking at detained patients

-        Anticipated outcomes of the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Act 2019

-        A new appendix documenting The Mental Health Act 1983 (Places of Safety) Regulations 2017

Chapter 1: Introduction and definitions of mental disorder
Chapter 2: Civil admissions, guardianship and community treatment orders
Chapter 3: Relatives and carers
Chapter 4: The role of the approved mental health professional
Chapter 5: Patients concerned in criminal proceedings
Chapter 6: Consent to treatment and mental capacity
Chapter 7: Mental health tribunals and hospital managers’ reviews
Chapter 8: The Care Quality Commission for England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
Chapter 9: Other relevant legislation
Chapter 10: The Human Rights Act 1998
Chapter 11: 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 AMHPs 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 Conflicts of Interest Regulations for England
Appendix 9 Multiple choice answers
Appendix 10 Supervision Orders under the Criminal Procedures (Insanity) Act 1964
Appendix 11 Suggested documentation for Regulation 24
Appendix 12: The Mental Health Act 1983 (Places of Safety) Regulations 2017

This is an essential text for our students, and informs their practice with evidence-based knowledge.

Ms Sandra Wilkinson
Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
July 9, 2023

Clear and relevant to student group.

Dr Andrew Freeman-May
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
November 28, 2019