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Mental Health Act wall chart

Updated: Mar 7

This wall chart created by the authors of the best selling book: Working with the Mental Health Act shows the most commonly used detention powers of the Act. It is a quick and effective reference point for staff and patients to check on the correct use of the legislation in daily practice. Sections 2, 3, 5(2), 5(4), 37, 135, 136, Community Treatment Orders and Guardianship are all summarised under the following headings:

  • Purpose of section 

  • Legal criteria 

  • Duration 

  • Staff involved 

  • Treatment powers 

  • Leave of absence 

  • Duties on staff 

  • Right of appeal 

  • Right to advocacy 

  • Ways to be discharged 

  • Code of Practice guidance

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is also detailed.

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