Department of Health

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Main pages on DH website

Independent review of the MHA 1983

  • Department of Health, 'Policy paper: Terms of Reference - Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983' (4/10/17)†. Extract from website: "The independent review of the Mental Health Act will: (a) look at how the legislation is currently used; (b) look at its impact on service users, families and staff; (c) make recommendations for improving the legislation and related practices. The review will be chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, a former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He will produce an interim report in early 2018 and develop a final report containing detailed recommendations, by autumn 2018."

Policy

  • New Horizons website - In December 2009 "New Horizons" was launched: "Good mental health is important to us all. New Horizons is a cross government programme of action help improve everyone's mental well-being and the services that provide mental health care."

Mixed-sex accommodation

Veterans

Other resources on DH website

  • DH, 'PL/CNO/2010/3 Eliminating mixed sex accommodation', 18/11/10 - This professional letter discusses the policy that NHS organisations are expected to 'eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except where it is in the overall best interest of the patient, or reflects their personal choice'; in particular the reporting of and sanctions for breaches, and the obligatory declaration of compliance by 1/4/11
  • Cross-border transfers of patients under the Mental Health Act - 2/9/10 - This page contains links to the following documents: (1) Cross border patient transfer; (2) Transfer of non-restricted patients to a hospital outside England and Wales; (3) Transfer of responsibility of supervised community treatment patients
  • NHS continuing healthcare practice guidance - 1/4/10 - "This practice guidance supports practitioners and others with responsibilities for NHS continuing healthcare in the implementation of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. It provides a practical explanation of how the Framework should operate on a day-to-day basis and cites examples of good practice."
  • The Mental Capacity Act and research - including a fact sheet published on 30/9/09 to assist social scientists meet the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act when carrying out social science research that includes people who lack capacity.
  • Information sharing and mental health - 9/9/09 - This guidance sets out some of the issues relating to the exchange of information between mental health trusts and outside organisations and individuals. It sets out when, why and how information can safely be exchanged for the benefit of the individual and the public.
  • The Bradley Report - 30/4/09 - Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system

Research

  • RDFunding website: list of proposed Dept of Health research projects - including £250,000 on each of the following: "Research to review the quality of independent mental health advocate services", "Mental Capacity Act Best Interests Decisions - Successes and Challenges", and "Research to examine the interface between Mental Health Act & the Mental Capacity Act"
  • DH PRP - Interface between the Mental Health Act (MHA) and the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of liberty safeguards (MCA DOLS)
The Department of Health Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites proposals to examine the operation of the interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) in respect of people needing treatment in hospital for mental disorder. Up to £250,000 inclusive is available for this study. Ideally, the successful application will be able to undertake the study over a maximum of 24 months, commencing early 2010.
The deadline for applications is 9 November 2009.
  • DH PRP - Research to review the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate Services
The Department of Health Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites proposals to examine the quality of statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services in England. Up to £250,000 inclusive is available for this study. Ideally, the successful application will be able to undertake the study over a maximum of 18 months, commencing early 2010.
The deadline for applications is 9 November 2009.