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Mental Health Law for Nurses - Bridgit C. Dimond

Mental Health Law for Nurses


Published: 1st February 1996
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Treatment of the mentally ill in the UK is governed by the Mental Health Act (1983) and the Code of Pracitce (S.118) published in 1990 and reviewed periodically by the Secretary of State. Nurses in any speciality may encounter patients suffering from mental disorder and therefore need to have an understanding of the legal principles involved. Mental Health Law for Nurses provides an introduction and practical guide to the law and directives embodied in these. Nurses specialising in the care of the mentally ill or handicapped will find this a book for easy reference and directly relevant to their everyday practice. This book provides coverage for community care homes and institutional settings. It includes questions and exercises to encourage debate and discussion. A comprehensive bibliography enables practitioners to follow-up areas of interest.

"It is a wonder we have managed so long without such a book. Itis easy to imagine Mental Health Law for Nurses becoming a standardtext if not the standard text on the subject."

Tony Gillam, Nursing Times, 1996

"Mental Health Law for Nurses is well and worthilyrecommended in this difficult area of care."

William Whitfield, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol.24.

Introduction; The Code of Practice and other guidance; Definitions of mental disorder and medical recommendations for admission; Admission to hospital under Part II of the Act; Admission ot hospital under Part III of the Act: mentally disordered offenders; Provision of information to the patient and nearest relative; The nearest relative; Consent to treatment; Appeals against detention; Leave with consent under section 17; Returning the patient to hospital; Entering premises to take a patient; Police powers of arrest; Transfer of patients; Guardianship; The role of the approved social worker and the social worker; Community care; Rectification of documents; The Mental Health Act Managers; The Mental Health Act Commission; Offences under the Act and staff protection against court action by the patient; Conclusion; Glosssary; Table of Cases; Table of Statutes and Statutory Instruments; Appendices

ISBN: 9780632039890
ISBN-10: 0632039892
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st February 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 17.32  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1