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Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice

Written by George Matthews

This revised Code of Practice (‘the Code’) has been prepared in accordance with section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘the Act’) by the Secretary of State for Health after consulting such bodies as appeared to him to be concerned, and laid before Parliament. The Code will come into force on 1 April 2015.

This Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to registered medical practitioners,approved clinicians, managers and staff of providers, and approved mental health professionals on how they should carry out functions under the Mental Health Act (‘the Act’) in practice. It is statutory guidance for registered medical practitioners and other professionals in relation to the medical treatment of patients suffering from mental disorder.

26.70 patients should not be deliberately restrained in a way that impacts on their airway, breathing or circulation. The mouth and/or nose should never be covered and there should be no pressure to the neck region, rib cage and/or abdomen. Unless there are cogent reasons for doing so, there must be no planned or intentional restraint of a person in a prone position (whereby they are forcibly laid on their front) on any surface, not just the floor.

The Childrens Homes Regulations 2015 are now available online

Written by George Matthews

The Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 have been laid in Parliament. Along with this, the Guide to the Children's Homes Regulations including the Quality Standards, and the DfE consultation response report has been published on their website.

Misleading and inaccurate information regarding Team Teach Holds.

Written by George Matthews

I am aware that a number of local authorities and employers have been provided with misleading and inaccurate information concerning TT training and techniques. It would appear that these individuals and companies are trying to raise anxiety amongst professionals and services in order to pursue a "profit before people first" agenda e.g. the banning of certain positions and the notion of so called "illegal" holds, or the showing, out of context, of photographs of tt dolls being held inappropriately, the misrepresentation of national accreditation status and what it may mean for employers in terms of liability, etc. All in order to gain a commercial advantage by doing so. 

Care provider prosecuted after death of patient during restraint

Written by George Matthews

Care provider Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd has been fined £100,000 after a patient died while being restrained using an unauthorised technique at a Nottinghamshire mental health hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution after Derek Lovegrove, 38, suffered a cardiac arrest at Cedar Vale, a 16-bed nurse-led facility for patients with severe challenging behaviour, in East Bridgford on 10 July 2006.