Wednesday, December 10, 2008

AMHPs get sectioning powers

The Government has opened the way to nurses being able to section people. Nurses will be allowed to become approved mental-health professionals (AMHPs) as will occupational therapists, social workers and chartered psychologists. AMHPs will have to take a postgraduate diploma learning about mental-health legislation, child and adult protection, the functions of courts and mental-health review tribunals, drug abuse and risk assessment. After qualification they will specialise in assessing a person's needs, care and treatment and will have a role in decisions to detain patients.

You can download the full text of the 2007 Mental Health Act at

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