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A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 provides guidance for professionals announced by the Department of Health.

A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983, part of Making mental health services more effective and accessible, provides guidance for professionals.

The code shows professionals how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all patients receive high quality and safe care.

There have been significant changes in legislation, case law, policy and professional practice since the last code was published in 2008.

The revised code aims to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes:

  • involving the patient and, where appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the patient’s care at every stage
  • providing personalised care
  • minimising the use of inappropriate blanket restrictions, restrictive interventions and the use of police cells as places of safety.

The main changes to the code include:

  • 5 new guiding principles
  • new chapters on care planning, human rights, equality and health inequalities
  • consideration of when to use the Mental Health Act and when to use the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and information to support victims
  • new sections on physical health care, blanket restrictions, duties to support patients with dementia and immigration detainees
  • significantly updated chapters on the appropriate use of restrictive interventions, particularly seclusion and long-term segregation, police powers and places of safety
  • further guidance on how to support children and young people, those with a learning disability or autism.

The new code will come into force on 1 April 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.

The government consulted widely on the revised code, receiving almost 350 responses. The government response to the consultation and the equality analysis will be published later this week.

Original source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-mental-health-act-code-of-practice

Relevant forthcoming event:

Stronger Code: Better Care Implementing the Changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice
Tuesday 12 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Mental Health events:

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Tuesday 3 February 
Colmore Gate, Birmingham

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Health Services: Implementing the New Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Tuesday 3 February 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

 

Legal Masterclass: The Care Act 2014 A Practical Guide
Tuesday 3 February 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Meeting the National Access and Waiting Time Standards for Mental Health
Monday 9 February 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2015
Wednesday 11 February — Thursday 12 February 
Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, London

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services Including Implications of the New Care Act 2014
Tuesday 24 February 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Monday 2 March 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Positive and Proactive Care Meeting the New National Guidance on Reducing Seclusion
Tuesday 10 March 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Root Cause Analysis in Mental Health: 2 Day Intensive Training Course
Wednesday 11 March — Thursday 12 March 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

 

Legal Masterclass: The Care Act 2014 A Practical Guide
Wednesday 18 March 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

 

Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Mental Health
Monday 23 March 
ICO Conference Centre, London

 

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice
Tuesday 21 April 
ICO Conference Centre, London

 

Investigating Incidents and The Duty of Candour
Tuesday 28 April 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 30 April 
ICO Conference Centre, London

 

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Monday 11 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Information Governance in Mental Health: Implementing Caldicott2 & the New Code of Practice on Confidential Information
Monday 11 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Masterclass: Mental Health Pathways
Monday 11 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Masterclass: The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Decisions
Wednesday 13 May 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

 

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Thursday 14 May 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

 

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Tuesday 19 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Wednesday 20 May 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

 

16 January 2015

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