A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act (4th edn)
Tony Zigmond and Nick Brindle
This is a 'how to' book guiding clinicians through the
mental health legislation that they need to understand and use in
their daily practice.
It includes practical advice on
detaining and treating patients lawfully, civil and court
detentions, community treatment orders, consent to treatment,
giving written and oral evidence for Mental Health Tribunals and
the statutory instructions for requirements to become section 12
and/or Approved Clinician approved.
As well as the Mental Health Act 1983 and its
amendments of 2007, 2012 and 2014 (resulting from the Health and
Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014), the book includes
relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Mental
Capacity Act 2005 (including the Deprivation of Liberty
This fourth edition covers significant new
case law from the past two years and the revised Mental Health Act
Code of Practice and revised Reference Guide; these now contain
more emphasis on human rights and equality.
Both authors are psychiatrists with many
years’ experience of using the legislation in their clinical
practice. The book is written using the language of clinicians and
includes practical answers to many of the questions regularly asked
of the authors during the numerous training courses for section 12
approval and Approved Clinician training that they have given.
- Written for
clinicians – not lawyers!
- An essential guide for all
users of the Mental Health Act.
- Practical advice and
answers to real-life clinical questions.
- Includes lists of which form is
required for what purpose.
- Readable and useful for
- Psychiatrists and other
doctors wishing to be section 12 approved.
- Psychiatrists and other
doctors wishing to become Approved Clinicians.
- All mental health
professionals, in England and Wales, who use the provisions of the
Mental Health Act (1983) in their clinical practice.
on mental health legislation
"This is an excellent book from an
author who is a recognised authority on mental health law and
ethics. It is ambitious in trying to find a balance between
covering the ground and remaining succinct and readable...the text
is beautifully written. ...The author has produced a book that all
mental health professionals would be advised to consider
- British Journal of
Hospital Medicine (on a previous edition)
Dr Tony Zigmond –
Consultant Psychiatrist and retired Senior Clinical Lecturer,
University of Leeds. He is also a former Royal College of
Psychiatrists’ Lead on Mental Health Law and was a Special Advisor
to the Opposition in the House of Lords.
Dr Nick Brindle – Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist,
The Mount (Mental Health Centre), Leeds. He is also an
established trainer in mental health law topics and is lead author
for A Clinician’s Brief Guide to the
Mental Capacity Act.
Preface to the first
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the fourth edition
Common abbreviations and terms
- Setting the scene, statutory
law and the common law
- The Human Rights Act in
- Capacity: the Mental Capacity
Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
- The Mental Health Act
- The Mental Health Act: Part II
- The Mental Health Act: Part III
(sections relating to courts and prisons)
- Treatment Orders and Supervised
- The Mental Health Act: Part IV
(consent to treatment)
- Appeals against
- Special provisions in relation
- How to become section 12
approved and/or an Approved Clinician
Appendix 1: Guidelines and forms
Appendix 2: Guidelines and forms for England
"It is exactly as described…its
strengths include a focus on practical aspects of the operation of
the Act together with its clarity, brevity and common-sense
approach…it is easy to find one’s way around and the book deals
with the sort of issues that arise in day-to-day practice for all
of us. …One of the attractions is that in many of the chapters the
relevant law is explored and then questions that might arise are
posed and answered. …I suspect that this book will become a
favourite, not only with busy, experienced clinicians, but
particularly trainees. And so it should…here is a straightforward
text written for doctors operating the law that can only serve to
enhance their practice and in my view improve patient care.."
Psychiatrist (on a previous edition)
"This is, as the name suggests, no academic tome, but a practical
guide for use in clinical situations. ... The book is written in a
direct and uncluttered style and the authors are not afraid to
provide opinions on how to approach medico-legal issues."
- Law Gazette