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Mental Health Law in Nursing

Mental Health Law in Nursing

November 2013 | 208 pages | Learning Matters

Mental health nursing students need to understand their legal duties towards all clients, including specific laws for care of detained patients. Yet these laws can be comples, confusing, and difficult to relate to the reality of nursing care. This book is a clear guide to the Mental Health Act and Code of Practice which explains the specific duties, responsibilities and powers of mental health nurses and the care of detained patients in particular. It explains the most frequently encountered parts of the Act and Code and clarifies common misunderstandings. It outlines dilemmas faced by nurses which may arise from possible conflicting responsibilities. It also gives an introduction to other major legal considerations that mental health nursing students need.

Key features:

  • Specific guide to the law for mental health nursing students, written by experienced practitioners involved in MHA regulation in England
  • Case studies and examples help the reader relate the law to their clinical practice
  • Multiple choice questions and acticvities help students to develop confidence and become critical and independent learners
  • Linked to relevant NMC Standards and ESCs for degree-level education.
Mental Health Nursing and Mental Health Law
Patients' Rights
Professional Roles and Responsibilities
Admission and Detention in Hospital
Medical Treatment for Mental Disorder
Leave from Hospital
Supervised Community Treatment
Courts and Police Powers
Best Practice and the Mental Health Act: Leadership and Care
Tribunals and Manager's Hearings

Reading list for Year 1 Module

Miss Linda P McGrath
Department of Nursing, Birmingham University
May 19, 2021

This is a great textbook reccomended to nurses in adult fiedl to help with understading legisation and mental health. this is not a subject area unquie for menatal health nursesa and this text is written in way that nurses in the adult field will be able to follow and help asa useful resource..

Miss Rachel Hart
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
November 27, 2014

The book provides the student nurse/newly qualified nurses with a comprehensive overview of MHA Law, implications in practice incorporating the roles and responsibilities.

The book is written at the level to capture the target audience. Incorporated case studies also promote development.

This book is essential reading for the Law and policy module.

Mrs Tracey Rogers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
November 27, 2014

This book has been adopted as an essential read within my Mental Health Law and Policy module. It is contemporary, comprehensive and jargon free whcih my students love

Mrs Eve Potts
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, University of Central Lancashire
November 12, 2014

A very useful text for students on pre registration modules and also level 6 post reg modules on Mental Health law, although the changes that occur in MH Law will make it challenging to keep texts up to date, especially over Mental Capacity Act and DoLs, next edition in 18 months time

Mr Steven Jones
Faculty of Health (Aintree), Edge Hill University
May 21, 2014

Mental Health Law can be difficult for students , however the layout lends itself for student use. While the legislation is UK based some of the elements of the test and exersises are useful in the Ireland context

Ms Aine McHugh
School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin
March 20, 2014

Though this text is well written and explains the MHA in detail, the text fails to document the recent, but fundamental changes that have recently been introduced in Wales. Therefore will only be a supplemental text.

Ms Rhiain Lewis
Education , Swansea Metropolitan University
March 19, 2014

This will be very useful as supplementary reading for my autonomous practice programme. It is a generic course that crosses all specialties so this as a guide, particularly for non-mental health nurses will be very useful. It is accessible and comprehensive.

Mrs Christine Jackson
department of community health and social care, Hull University
December 13, 2013

excellent book that i fantastic resource for nursing programmes that are policy and law focussed

Mrs Karen Wild
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
December 11, 2013

A thorough and comprehensive book that covers all aspects of mental health law ant its implications for clinical practice. It will be of relevance to all practitioners working in the mental health field from mental hgealth student nurse to experienced practitioner. The case examples are particularly pertinent.

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
February 27, 2012

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy is the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act lead for Solent NHS Trust. One of his key roles is to support inpatient and community nursing staff to carry out their practice within the statutory frameworks of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. He qualified as a social worker in 2001 and continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional and a Best Interest Advisor. He qualified with a masters in mental health law in 2012. More About Author

Philip Wales

Philip Wales is a senior manager for the Care Quality Commission and a mental health nurse.  Between 2004 and 2009 he was  as a regional director in the Mental Health Act Commission.  Before specialising in Mental Health Act regulation Philip held senior management positions within the NHS in the mental health and acute hospital sectors.  More About Author

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