Policy paper

Independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983: terms of reference

The terms of reference for the review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the impact of the legislation on practices and service users.



These terms of reference explain what the independent review of the mental health act will focus on.

This includes:

  • how the legislation is currently used
  • its impact on service users, families and staff
  • 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.

Published 4 October 2017