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. It is easy to imagine Mental Health Law for Nurses becoming a standard text if not the standard text on the subject."
Tony Gillam, Nursing Times, 1996
"Mental Health Law for Nurses is well and worthily recommended in this difficult area of care."
William Whitfield, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 24.