Revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice
July 2015 – The revised Code came into effect at the start of April 2015, replacing the 2008 version. It aims to improve the protection of patients, and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This encompasses involving the patient, their carers and their families in discussions at every stage of their treatment, where appropriate.
The key changes are highlighted below:
- Five new guiding principles.
- New chapters on care planning, human rights, inequalities and how to differentiate the use of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- New information on physical healthcare, restrictions, duties under section 140, supporting dementia patients and immigrant detainees. Also provides information on improving the care and protections of the act where they are not being used properly.
- Significant improvements on chapters about the appropriate use of restrictive interventions, the power of the police, places of safety, and decisions on discharging patients.
- Further guidance on how to support children and young people, those with a learning disability or autism.
With the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice, there has also been an updated version of the Guide to the Mental Health Act. It acts as a source of information for people who want to get to grips with the main articles of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the regulations under the act, as amended on 1 April 2015.
This includes the Mental Health Act 2007, Health and Social Care Acts 2008 and 2012, and Care Act 2014.
This guide completes the revision of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice, with the Code giving guidance on how the act should be applied. The guide is not a statement of Law or a substitute for the Act itself.
The revised Code is available online: