The most useful pieces of UK legislation for mental health practitioners


Here is a website to bookmark if you have any interest in mental health law and the various pieces of legislation that practitioners need to refer to on a regular basis.

The Mental Health Law Online website has detailed sections on the three most important acts:

  1. Mental Health Act 2007
  2. Mental Health Act 1983
  3. Mental Capacity Act 2005

Plus links to more than 80 other pieces of legislation relevant to mental health on everything from human rights to legal aid.

The site is a wiki that has been put together by a group of mental health lawyers, experts and enthusiasts.

It also features a sizeable section (>1,000 cases) on mental health case law.

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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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