DHSC, 'Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 statutory guidance: Government response to the consultation' (7/12/21)

2021-12-07 DHSC Use of force consultation response.pdf

Consultation response This is the government's response to DHSC, 'Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: statutory guidance for NHS organisations in England and police forces in England and Wales' (consultation from 25/5/21 to 17/8/21).

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Detail of outcome

Between May and August 2021, the government sought views on its draft statutory guidance to:

  • prevent the inappropriate use of force
  • ensure transparency and accountability about the use of force in mental health units

As a result of the consultation, the government has provided more clarity on:

  • the definitions of the types of force and settings the act applies to
  • the role of the responsible person, and the skills and experience needed
  • the definition of ‘negligible use of force’, and circumstances in which it does and does not apply

The final statutory guidance was published alongside the government response to this consultation on 7 December 2021. The new provisions under the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 will come into force on 31 March 2022.

The government’s response to the easy read version of the consultation will follow shortly.

Detail of feedback received

We received 421 responses from individuals and organisations. A full summary of the responses received and respondent demographics is included in the government’s consultation response.

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Type: Consultation response🔍

Title: Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 statutory guidance: Government response to the consultation

Author: Department of Health and Social Care🔍

Date: 7/12/21🔍

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