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It is essential that the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act continue to be met during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during this period of social distancing the processes surrounding Mental Health Tribunals have had to be adjusted in order to keep all parties safe. In this podcast, Chief Medical Member Dr Joan Rutherford outlines the emergency measures that have been put in place, and provides guidance on how clinicians can continue to treat detained patients fairly and respectfully during this time.
Date published: 15 May 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Audio running time: 35 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the usual Mental Health
Tribunal processes for patients detained under Sections 2 and 3 of
the Mental Health Act
the changes that have been
made to these processes during the COVID-19 pandemic
how to treat the detained
patients in your care as fairly as possible under the emergency
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You may also wish to read the guidance
for Mental Health Tribunal members about video hearings,
written by the Deputy Chamber President Judge and
the Chief Medical Member.
Download the guidance
If you like this podcast, you may also
be interested in the following:
Podcast Working with patients remotely with Dr Isobel
Podcast Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19
with Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan
Module Mental health and tribunal law: Part 1 and
Part 2 by Dr Sanjay Khurmi