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The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship, Community Treatment and Consent to Treatment) (Wales) Regulations 2008

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Transfer from guardianship to guardianship or hospital

24.—(1) This regulation applies in respect of any patient who is for the time being subject to guardianship under the Act (“guardianship patient”).

(2) A guardianship patient may be transferred into the guardianship of another local social services authority or another person where—

(a)an authority for transfer is given by the guardian in the form set out in Part 1 of Form TC 3;

(b)the transfer has been agreed by the local social services authority, which will be the responsible one if the proposed transfer takes effect;

(c)that local social services authority has specified the date on which the transfer will take place; and

(d)where the person named in the authority for transfer as proposed guardian will be a private guardian, the agreement of that person has been obtained and recorded in the form set out in Part 2 of Form TC 3;.

(3) On the transfer of that patient, the responsible local social services authority must record the patient’s transfer of guardianship in the form set out in Part 3 of Form TC 3.

(4) An authority for transfer to hospital of a guardianship patient may be given by the responsible local social services authority in the form set out in Part 1 of Form TC 4 where—

(a)an application for admission for treatment has been made by an approved mental health professional in the form set out in Form HO 6 and, for the purposes of that application, sections 11(4) (consultation with nearest relative) and 13 (duty of approved mental health professional) will apply as if the proposed transfer were an application for admission for treatment;

(b)an application for admission for treatment has been made by the nearest relative in the form set out in Form HO 5;

(c)the application is founded on medical recommendations given by two registered medical practitioners in accordance with section 12 and regulation 4(1)(d);

(d)the responsible local social services authority is satisfied that arrangements have been made for the admission of the patient to that hospital.

(5) On the transfer of that patient to hospital, a record of admission must be made by the managers of the hospital to which the patient is transferred in the form set out in Part 2 of Form TC 4.

(6) The functions of the managers referred to in this regulation may be performed by an officer authorised by them in that behalf.

(7) Where the conditions of paragraph (2) are satisfied, the transfer of the patient must be effected within 28 days of the date of the authority as provided under sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (2), failing which the patient will remain in the guardianship of the initial guardian.

(8) Where the conditions of paragraph (4) are satisfied, the transfer of the patient must be effected within 14 days of the date on which the patient was last examined, failing which the patient will remain subject to guardianship.

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