Mental health

Greater clarity on the acid test in ICU and other hospital settings

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The application of the acid test to patients who are being treated for physical disorders in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and other hospital settings. More …

Treating mental health with mindfulness

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Eve Piffaretti discusses why there is a strong signal for practitioners to consider mindfulness as an alternative approach to early intervention to prevent and combat mental ill-health. More …

How should health professionals discharge their duty of care in ensuring patients consent to treatment is informed?

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Consent law update - the case of Montgomery – v – Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 (" Montgomery") (judgment handed down on 11 March 2015). More …

The standard of care in negligence - can a person's mental illness be taken into account?

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Those familiar with negligence will know that in order to establish liability one must show that there has been a breach of a duty, or, a failure by a party to exercise the standard of care required by law which results in damage to the other party, to whom the duty was owed. More …

Decoding? What’s new in the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (2015)

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Last week, the revised Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice was published, providing updated guidance to mental health professionals. The Code provides guidance on how professionals can ensure that their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 are carried out in a manner that ensures the delivery of safe and high quality care to patients. More …

Changes to Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Changes to Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. More …

What constitutes a deprivation of liberty? ("A gilded cage is still a cage")

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Blake Morgan's consultant, Professor Richard Jones, considers the decision of the Supreme Court in P v Cheshire West and Chester Council; P and Q v Surrey County Council. More …

Disability discrimination: Employee's failure to provide medical information

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Can an employer reasonably be expected to know that an employee who claims to be "bipolar" is disabled, if the employee thwarts a definitive diagnosis? More …

Planning ahead in relation to your health and welfare

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As people are living longer there is a growing awareness of the issues and dilemmas that can face individuals in later life or those close to them. More …

Debt and mental health

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Since the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published mental capacity guidance in September 2011, we have seen an increase in publicity surrounding the issue of debt collection from customers with mental health problems. More …