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by Dr Caroline Donnelly,
Ms Bernadette Hamilton, Dr Róinin McNally and Dr Peter Sloan
Last reviewed: November 2013
This module will be of interest to people who
use mental health services, their families and carers as well
as professionals with duties and responsibilities under the
The Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order
1986 recognises that an individual with a mental disorder may at
certain times, because of their illness or condition be
potentially vulnerable. The Order therefore contains a number of
provisions to protect their rights and these will be described
in the module.
The Order gives others powers to intervene in
a way that may interfere with some of the patient’s human rights,
including liberty, and offers compensatory protections through its
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This module is the final of four in an
e-learning programme. The entire programme will be used to support
the GAIN Guidelines on the use of the Mental Health
(Northern Ireland) Order 1986 [PDF].
Before attempting this module you should have completed:
Shortlisted for the 2012 GAIN Health and Social
Care Quality Award.