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Detail of outcome
The consultation received 344 direct responses and we also considered advice from consultation events, a steering group of health and care professionals and from an expert reference group of former patients and carers. These have all informed the response.
The response provides a high-level summary of changes made to Mental Health Act Code of Practice following the consultation.
The main changes include:
5 new guiding principles
new chapters on care planning, human rights, equality and health inequalities
consideration of when to use the Mental Health Act and when to use to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and information to support victims
new sections on physical healthcare, blanket restrictions, duties to support patients with dementia and immigration detainees
significantly updated chapters on the appropriate use of restrictive interventions, particularly seclusion and long-term segregation, police powers and places of safety
further guidance on how to support children and young people, those with a learning disability or autism
The Code informs health practitioners’ decisions, protects patients’ rights and ensures that the Mental Health Act is followed. The Code tells families, carers and people who are detained, treated or released under the Act about care and support available during a crisis. It also covers what to do if it isn’t received.
The draft Code includes new chapters on:
- the Care Programme Approach
- equality, human rights and parity of esteem
- mental capacity and deprivation of liberty
A new Code, reference guide and interactive, ‘easy read’ online version will come into force on 1 April 2015.