Community treatment orders

Crowd of people

Mental health patient recalls rise as community teams struggle

A dramatic rise in the number of people with serious mental illness being recalled to hospital has led to concern that community mental health teams are overstretched.

Hospitals must help mental health tribunals run smoothly

Hospitals must help mental health tribunals run smoothly

Hospital managers must ensure staff know it is inappropriate to recommend lawyers to mental health patients who are appealing against detention under the Mental Health Act, the Care Quality Commission has urged.

Medication

Mental health order use 'very worrying'

Concerns have been raised about how Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) forcing mental health patients to take their medication are being served and carried out.

The number of people being given compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act rose by 3.5 per cent last year, data has revealed.

Rise in mental health detentions

The number of people being given compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act rose by 3.5 per cent last year, data has revealed.

Community nurses concerned about GP commissioning and competition

Community nurses have 'serious concerns' about GP commissioning

The move to GP commissioning could exclude other clinicians from decision making while increased competition in the NHS will lead to cost cutting, reductions in quality and greater inequalities, according to the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

CQC commissioner Martin Marshall

CQC fears over mental health safeguards

The Care Quality Commission is looking for urgent “levers” to strengthen legal safeguards it fears are failing to protect vulnerable mental health patients.

Fears that supervised community treatment orders would be disproportionately imposed on patients from ethnic minorities have proven to be founded.

Community treatment order fears confirmed

Fears that supervised community treatment orders would be disproportionately imposed on patients from ethnic minorities have proven to be founded.

Care vs security in mental health services

Excitable media coverage means the public is in fear of mental health service users. Should a very low level of security be accepted or should the emphasis shift towards public safety? By Charlotte Santry

Mental health: PCTs to target potential offenders

Commissioners will work closely with neighbourhood police to keep the mentally ill out of jail, the government's director of prison health has announced.

Legal briefing: why mental health reforms will create a dual regulatory system

Service providers need to prepare for with changing mental health legislation

Mental health changes slammed

Published: 09/09/2004, Volume II4, No. 5922 Page 5

Mental health bill set for major climbdowns

Published: 19/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5919 Page 5

Bill 'will double workload' on sectioning

Published: 20/11/2003, Volume II3, No. 5882 Page 8 9

Mental health act's revamp sparks row on consultation

Published: 27/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5811 Page 4

Scottish review urges compulsory treatment

A review of Scottish mental health legislation has echoed proposals south of the border by calling for compulsory treatment orders in the community and new systems to deal with mentally disordered offenders.

Government has 'ducked' thorny issues in Mental Health Act plans

The expert committee charged with advising the government on reform of the Mental Health Act has attacked its green paper for 'ducking some fundamental questions' to chase a tabloid agenda on public safety.

Mental health green paper includes forcible treatment

'Radical' reforms to mental health law will mean forcible treatment for community patients who refuse to take their medication.

Pledged change to mental health law held up until general election

Plans to overhaul the 1983 Mental Health Act may not be realised until after the next general election, key mental health groups say.