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Mental Health Act 2007

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  1. Introduction

  2. List of Abbreviations Used in Explanatory Notes

  3. Background and Summary

    1. Background

    2. Summary

  4. Overview of the Structure

  5. Territorial Extent

    1. Territorial application: Wales

  6. Commentary

    1. Part 1 – Amendments to Mental Health Act 1983

      1. Chapter 1 – Changes to Key Provisions

        1. Section 1: Removal of categories of mental disorder

        2. Schedule 1: Categories of mental disorder: further amendments

        3. Section 2: Learning disability

        4. Section 3: Changes to exclusions from operation of 1983 Act

          1. Criteria for detention under the 1983 Act: overview

        5. Section 4: Replacement of “treatability” and “care” tests with appropriate treatment test

        6. Section 5: Further cases in which appropriate treatment test is to apply

        7. Section 6: Appropriate treatment test in Part 4 of 1983 Act

        8. Section 7: Change in definition of “medical treatment”

        9. Section 8: The fundamental principles

      2. Chapter 2 - Professional Roles

        1. Overview

        2. Section 9: Amendments to Part 2 of 1983 Act

        3. Section 10: Amendments to Part 3 of 1983 Act

        4. Section 11: Further amendments to Part 3 of 1983 Act

        5. Section 12: Amendments to Part 4 of 1983 Act

        6. Section 13: Amendments to Part 5 of 1983 Act

        7. Section 14: Amendments to other provisions of 1983 Act

        8. Section 15: Amendments to other Acts

        9. Section 16: Certain registered medical practitioners to be treated as approved under section 12 of 1983 Act

        10. Section 17: Regulations as to approvals in relation to England and Wales

        11. Section 18: Approved mental health professionals

        12. Section 19: Approval of courses for approved mental health professionals

        13. Section 20: Amendments to section 62 of Care Standards Act 2000

        14. Section 21: Approved mental health professionals: further amendments and Schedule 2

        15. Section 22: Conflicts of interest

      3. Chapter 3 – Safeguards for Patients

        1. Sections 23-26: Patient’s nearest relative

        2. Sections 27-31: Consent to treatment

          Overview  of consent to treatment provisions in the 1983 Act

        3. Section 27: Electro-convulsive therapy,

        4. Section 28: Section 27: supplemental

        5. Section 29: Withdrawal of consent

        6. Section 30: Independent Mental Health Advocates

        7. Section 31: Accommodation

      4. Chapter 4 – Supervised Community Treatment

        1. Overview

        2. Section 32: Community treatment orders,

        3. Section 33: Relationship with leave of absence

        4. Section 34: Consent to treatment

        5. Section 35: Authority to treat

        6. Section 36: Repeal of provisions for after-care under supervision

        7. Schedule 3: Supervised community treatment: further amendments to 1983 Act

        8. Schedule 4: Supervised community treatment: amendments to other Acts

      5. Chapter 5 - Mental Health Review Tribunals

        1. Section 37: References

        2. Section 38: Organisation

      6. Chapter 6 - Cross-Border Patients

        1. Section 39: Cross-border arrangements

      7. Chapter 7 - Restricted Patients

        1. Section 40: Restriction orders

        2. Section 41: Conditionally discharged patients subject to limitation directions

      8. Chapter 8 - Miscellaneous

        1. Section 42: Offence of ill-treatment: increase in maximum penalty on conviction on indictment

        2. Section 43: Informal admission of patients aged 16 or 17

        3. Section 44: Places of safety

        4. Section 45: Delegation of powers of managers of NHS foundation trusts

        5. Section 46: Local Health Boards

        6. Section 47: Welsh Ministers: procedure for instruments

    2. Part 2 – Amendments to Other Acts

      1. Chapter 1 – Amendments to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

        1. Section 48: Victims’ rights and Schedule 6

      2. Chapter 2 - Amendments to Mental Capacity Act 2005

        1. Section 49: Independent mental capacity advocates: exceptions

        2. Section 50: Mental Capacity Act 2005: deprivation of liberty and Schedules 7 to 9

        3. Section 51: Amendment to section 20(11) of Mental Capacity Act 2005

    3. Part 3 - General

      1. Sections 52-59

      2. Section 53 and Schedule 10: Transitional provision and savings

      3. Section 54: Consequential provisions

      4. Section 56: Commencement

      5. Section 57: Commencement of section 36

      6. Section 58: Extent

  7. Transposition Notes

  8. Hansard References

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