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Law Resources: Mental Health
An internet resource on mental health law in England and Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute. There are currently three embryonic sections: commentaries on cases, with links to the full text judgments on BAILII; commentaries on the Mental Health Act 1983 and related legislation; and explanations of the concepts and terminology and practical guidance for lawyers.
Publisher: Mental Health Review Tribunal
MHRT forms, guidance and rules.
The Directory: Courts and Tribunals
We make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made (they ‘lack mental capacity’). We are responsible for: deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act
The Directory: Courts and Tribunals: Tribunals
We are responsible for handling applications for the discharge of patients detained in psychiatric hospitals. We also handle applications to change community treatment orders and the conditions placed on a ‘conditional discharge’ from hospital.
The Directory: Government Departments
The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. DH is a ministerial department, supported by 25 agencies and public bodies.
News story: UK healthcare education and training in high demand in China
Guidance: Drugs and pharmaceutical electronic market information tool (eMIT)
Guidance: The Department of Health agreement of balances
Transparency data: NHS Injury Costs Recovery scheme: April 2017 to March 2018
Consultation outcome: New: expanding performance assessments of providers regulated by CQC
News story: Independent doctors to be rated by the Care Quality Commission
Press release: The New Year's Honours list 2018
Transparency data: New Year's Honours list 2018
The Directory: Justice System
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance. OPG is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.
The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee (OSPT) support the work of the MOJ. They carry out separate functions, although their respective trusts, estates and deputyships are managed by the same team. The Official Solicitor provides access to the justice system for vulnerable people who may have problems understanding it due to their age or disability. The Public Trustee acts as executor or administrator of estates and as the appointed trustee of settlements. OSPT works with the Ministry of Justice.
The Directory: Law Associations: International
Furthers an multidisciplinary and cross-national approach towards issues arising from the interactions between law and mental health.
The Directory: Law Associations: Lawyers
Professional association of Mental Health Lawyers in England and Wales.