Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003: A Guide for Mental Health Officers and Mental Health Professionals
The Scottish Mental Health Act 2003, implemented in 2005, is radical, complex and at times hard to follow. This book is a guide for mental health professionals to the different legal pathways in both civil and criminal procedures. The book is written chiefly through the eyes of the mental health officer who has a key role as an independent practitioner working with a range of medical and legal professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, tribunal members, solicitors. The model adopted to understand the Act is based on three concepts – consultation, assessment and notification. These mirror the multi-agency processes required to deliver the Act for care and treatment of detained patients. The book may also be useful for patients and their named persons as a means of understanding where the different mental health professionals such as consultant psychiatrists and tribunal members fit into their care and treatment plans.