This text presents the impact of mental health law on nurses. Topics covered include: the code of practice and other guidance; definitions, medical recommendations and implications; admission to hospital; mentally disordered offenders; and information provision to patient and nearest relative.
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.
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"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.
About Bridgit C. Dimond
Bridgit C. Dimond is a Barrister-at-Law and Emeritus Professor at the University of Glamorgan. She is author of Mental Health Law for Nurses and Legal Aspects of Occupational Therapy.
Table of Contents
The Code of Practice and other guidance; definitions, medical recommendations and implications; admission to hospital; mentally disordered offenders; information provision to patient and nearest relative; consent to treatment; appeals against detention; leave with consent under Section 17; returning the patient to hospital; transfer of patients; entering premises to take patient; police powers of arrest; the nearest relative; guardianship; the role of the approved social worker and the social worker; community care; rectification of documents; the mental health managers; The Mental Health Act Commission; offences under the Act and staff protection against court action by the patient.
Mental Health Law for Nurses by Bridgit C. Dimond
Bridgit C. Dimond
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