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The Mental Health Tribunal

The Mental Health Tribunal
An Essential Guide


October 2021 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

This accessible and practical guide demystifies the Mental Health Tribunal (England) and Mental Health Review Tribunal For Wales (MHRTW) for health and social care professionals. Written by a mental health lawyer and a social worker who is also a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal, it offers essential explanations of all stages of the Tribunal, from advance planning, the hearing itself, what happens after the hearing and how to ensure the welfare of the patient. Top tips, activities, expert quotes, and answers to frequently asked questions will guide you through the whole process, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for and attend a Tribunal with confidence.

Chapter 1: History and Legal Context
Chapter 2: Applications and References to the Tribunal
Chapter 3: What Powers and Duties Do the Tribunal Have?
Chapter 4: Who is on the Tribunal Panel and What are their Roles?
Chapter 5: Who Should Attend the Tribunal Hearing and Why?
Chapter 6: How do Tribunals Apply the Law?
Chapter 7: Preparing Written Evidence
Chapter 8: Pre-Hearing Matters
Chapter 9: What Happens At The Hearing?
Chapter 10: The Welfare of the Patient
Chapter 11: Decisions, Reviews, Appeals: Disagreements and Complaints
Recommended Further Reading and Online Resources
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation, Statutory Materials and Guidance

Neil Hickman

Neil Hickmanis a specialist mental health solicitor and a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel. He also holds a Diploma and Masters in Social Work and previously worked as a mental health social worker (ASW and AMHP) and mental health team manager. He is a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Hertfordshire and also provides post-qualifying legal training to mental health professionals. More About Author

Christine Hutchison

Christine Hutchison is a registered social worker, practicing for many years as an Approved Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Professional. Christine has lectured for Bournemouth University’s post qualifying AMHP courses and worked as a Mental Health Act Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission. She is a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal and a Director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd, delivering training on mental health and mental capacity law and practice in England and Wales. More About Author