GAIN Guidelines: Mental Health (NI) Order 1986 – assessment and treatment Module 3

by Dr Caroline Donnelly, Ms Bernadette Hamilton, Dr Róinin McNally and Dr Peter Sloan


Last reviewed: November 2013


The Mental Health Northern Ireland Order 1986 was introduced in Northern Ireland in 1986.


The module will be of interest to health and social care professionals and other agencies that may be involved in the assessment in hospital and treatment under the Order and to people who experience mental disorder themselves, their carers and advocates.


This module outlines the use of mental health legislation during assessment and treatment periods, and its use as a tool to facilitate the appropriate treatment of mental disorder.


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This module is the third 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.



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