Tag Archives: mental health

Emergency Covid-19 Guidance on DOLS is awaited

One of the first pieces of guidance to appear in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was NHS’s COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements  , published on 19 March 2020, which at page 29, states:   “Duties under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 still apply during this period. If a person is suspected to lack the relevant […]

THE PRACTICAL IMPACT OF THE CHANGES IN MENTAL HEALTH TRIBUNAL PRACTICE

New procedures have been put in place by Sir Ernest Ryder for Tribunal Judges, for an initial period of 6 months. They are being regularly reviewed and will be dispensed with when no longer necessary.  Helen Trotter looks at the practical impact of this.   THE CHANGES Mental Health Tribunals have dispensed with the need […]

AMENDMENTS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983 PROPOSED IN THE CORONAVIRUS BILL 2020 AS ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENT

The Coronavirus Bill as, as this is published, being debated in Parliament.   Simon Burrows looks at the changes to the Mental Health Act.   INTRODUCTION 1. The purpose of this fact sheet/guide is to give an outline of the Government’s Coronavirus Bill (CVB), and how it relates to mental health law- and, in particular, how […]

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND: SILKY GUIDE TO FITNESS APPS

Mark Harper QC provides a list of apps that help with home fitness.     With gyms closing and appreciating the importance of exercise to people’s mental and physical well-being, I have put together a list of apps that help with home fitness. Peloton – They go way beyond spinning classes, with running, cycling, bootcamp, […]

MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE DIRECTION: JUDGE SITTING ALONE CAN MAKE DECISIONS

The Senior President of Tribunals has issued a Practice Direction on procedure in the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health).   THE PRACTICE DIRECTION PILOT PRACTICE DIRECTION: HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CARE CHAMBER OF THE FIRST-TIER TRIBUNAL (MENTAL HEALTH) Background 1. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it may be necessary for tribunals to adjust their ways of […]

CORONAVIRUS: WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH: USEFUL LINKS AND GUIDANCE

We have prepared a list of useful resources and links for wellbeing and mental health. Mental Health Foundation advises keeping in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone and to create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. They also advise managing how you follow the outbreak in […]