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The legislation governing the compulsory assessment and treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder is the Mental Health Act 1983. The changes to the Act start coming into force in October 2008. Trusts, voluntary groups and charities need to ensure their staff are fully briefed and prepared for the changes. Length of Course Tailor made to meet individual organisational needs Course is of modular design Foundation and Guiding Principles Modules (details see below) are for all Modules 1 - 4 are for those who require greater knowledge Return on investment Service users and carers will be aware of their rights and roles within the act Health Social Care Staff will be competent and confident to work with the act Advocates will be competent and confident to support, advise and work with the act Clarity of role definition Having an informed workforce able to deliver safe and appropriate services to their client population service users carers Sample of content Foundation Module Overview of the 9 key changes Guiding Principles Module 5 guiding principles Module 1 ?Coming into Compulsion? Step 1 the ?pathway? through compulsion Key change 1 ? Single definition of Mental disorder Key change 2 ? Criteria for the use of compulsion Key change 3 ? Age appropriate services Module 2 Making Decisions Step 2 in the ?pathway? Key change 4 ? Broadening the professional groups Key change 5 ? Nearest relative Key change 6 ? Advocacy services Key change 7 ? Electro-convulsive therapy Module 3 Supervised Community Treatment Step 3 in the ?pathway? Key change 8 ? Supervised community treatment Detailed ?pathway? to track the stages of how it works in practice Module 4 Ending Compulsion Step 4 in the ?pathway? Key change 9 ? Mental Health Review Tribunals

The legislation governing the compulsory assessment and treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder is the Mental Health Act 1983. The changes to the Act start coming into force in October 2008. Trusts, voluntary groups and charities need to ensure their staff are fully briefed and prepared for the changes. Length of Course Tailor made to meet individual organisational needs Course is...

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