The College of Social Work response to the Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice pre-consultation engagement with professionals and practitioners

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College of Social Work
College of Social Work, The
Date of publication
5 November 2013
Mental health services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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The College of Social Work (TCSW)supports mental health social work maintaining its own professional identity while seeking partnership with the NHS in a way that promotes the interests of service users. They also support strengthening the role of approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) and best interest assessors (BIAs), particularly at a time when financial hardship and rising dementia rates are likely to increase pressure on services. TCSW also hosts the AMHP Leads Network as one of its Communities of Interest and has drawn on the experience and expertise of professionals directly responsible for the operation of the Mental Health Act in practice.

This is the College's response to the Department of Health's call for pre-consultative evidence to the review of the Mental Health Act code of practice. In November 2013, TCSW argued that developments in case law meant that revision was necessary. TCSW also highlighted that guidance on application of Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards differed in practice and case law. TCSW also called for guidance on the treatment of a person at high risk in a generalised hospital setting.

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