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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Mental Health Act review: our submission

Last week we published our response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 call for evidence.

Our submission primarily focussed on the areas set out by the Review as priorities for reform as well as other areas that are important to members, these are:

  • Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)

  • Nearest Relative

  • Advance Care Planning

  • Safeguards: Advocacy

  • Safeguards: Tribunals and Statutory Second Opinions

  • Reforms to Part III

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Intellectual Disability

We also made clear that legislative reform can only play a small part in improving patient care and that we must tackle other problems, such as: inadequate service provision, accessibility, societal injustices and ingrained inequalities.

We’ve done our best to reflect the opinion of members and the entire morning session of Council in January was dedicated to agreeing on the College’s line on potential reforms.

As well as this, the members’ survey that was undertaken last year has been essential in framing the work and making sure the submission was in line with opinions of psychiatrists. Read the final results of the survey. Thanks to all who took part.

This is only the first stage of the Review and there will be a lot more work to be done on this.

All members who want to share their opinions on the Review and the College’s response to it should contact



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