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Mental Health Law Online

The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales. You can subscribe to free email updates, an email discussion list and a new online forum. Some additional news can be found on the Twitter feed or Facebook page. The online CPD scheme provides 12 hours for £60 and is suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers.

News and updates

  • 23/11/20: New, faster website server — MHLO pages now load in a fraction of a second, following last week's move to a lightning-fast server. Visit the new home page and let me know what you think on the new forum.
  • 21/11/20: Case (Expert evidence guidance). AMDC v AG [2020] EWCOP 58The court was critical of the jointly-instructed psychiatric reports in this case and provided detailed guidance on how experts' reports on capacity can best assist the court.
  • 20/11/20: NHS commissioning. NHS England, 'Who Pays? Determining which NHS commissioner is responsible for making payment to a provider' (25/8/20) — "This revised Who Pays? guidance sets out a framework, for the NHS in England, for establishing which NHS organisation has responsibility for commissioning an individual’s care and which has responsibility for paying for that care. It is published for implementation by commissioners from 1 September 2020." There are four appendices: "Appendix 1 sets out the full dispute resolution process. Appendix 2 provides advice on defining ‘usually resident’. Appendix 3 is a one-page guide to what has moved where from 2013 Who Pays? to the 2020 version. Appendix 4, published separately in Word, contains templates for submissions made to the national team under the dispute resolution process."