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by Dr Stephen Anderson, with
Dr Liz Hare, Dr Donald Lyons and Dr Helen Cash
Last reviewed: September 2019
One of the principles of the Mental Health
(Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is that of
participation – service users should be fully involved in their
assessment, care and treatment, and their past and present wishes
should be taken into account. The Act has a number of
provisions, including advance statements, named persons and access
to independent advocacy, which aim to improve service user
However, since the implementation of the Act
the uptake of advance statements has been lower than expected.
Following a review, the new Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 makes
further provisions to increase the uptake and impact of advance
This module will review the use of advance
statements under the 2003 Act, give guidance on what should
and should not be included, and provide some comparison with
advance statements or advance directives in other legislatures.
mental health within Scottish legislation by Dr Aileen Blower
and Dr Tina Irani
capacity and decision-making ability in mental disorder by Dr
Justine McCulloch and Dr Mark Taylor
Or why not try a Quickbite module?:
Use of mental
health legislation in eating disorders by E. Jane B. Morris
take-home notes to print and annotate