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Videos explaining the Mental Health Act 2016

Introduction to the Act

The Mental Health Act 2016 builds on the previous Mental Health Act 2000 to improve the way patients are treated and cared for.

Objects and principles, and administering the Act

The Objects and Principles are critical in setting the framework for the Act and how it is to be implemented in practice.

Examinations and assessments

Overview of examinations and assessments, and the making of a treatment authority under the Mental Health Act 2016.

Provisions regarding the criminal justice system

There are provisions in the Act that deal with situations where persons come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Responsibilities and rights

The Act establishes responsibilities for doctors providing treatment care and rights for patients receiving it.

Seclusion, mechanical restraint and other restrictive practices

The Mental Health Act 2016 introduces additional safeguards to reduce and, where possible, eliminate the use of restrictive practices in authorised mental health services.

Last updated: 26 July 2019