Policy paper

Mental Health Act: independent review

This page includes the terms of reference for the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983.



The independent review of the Mental Health Act will:

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