Mental Health Act: consultation findings published

4th May 2010

The Scottish Government has published a report on the findings of a consultation on the recommendations of a partial review of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

The review reported to ministers in March 2009 and focused on five main areas of the act: advance statements, independent advocacy, named persons, medical matters, and tribunals. The consultation ran from August to November 2009 and attracted 82 responses.

82% of those who expressed a view agreed that, during the ‘recovery stage’, people should be encouraged to make an advance statement. Four respondents suggested that Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAPs) might form a useful part of advance statements.

Other main findings included unanimous support for the recommendation that appropriate provision and funding of independent advocacy services is made by NHS Boards and local authorities. 90% of respondents agreed that people should have a named person only if they have appointed one.

In response to the recommendation that the government provide a template for care plans, one contributor said that the care plan should reflect wider policy by focusing on a recovery approach.

The report was written by Linda Nicholson, of The Research Shop.

For the main findings from the report, click here
To access the full report, click here

Related links

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
Consultation document inviting responses to the recommendations of the review