New Mental Health Act code of practice

16 Jan 2015 10:20 AM

A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 provides guidance for professionals.

The code shows professionals how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all patients receive high quality and safe care.

There have been significant changes in legislation, case law, policy and professional practice since the last code was published in 2008.

The revised code aims to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes:

The main changes to the code include:

The new code will come into force on 1 April 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.

The government consulted widely on the revised code, receiving almost 350 responses. The government response to the consultation and the equality analysis will be published later this week.