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External consultation (Department of Health): Independent review of the Mental Health Act

18 December 2017

At this stage we are most interested in evidence that makes the case that a particular aspect of the Act is in need of reform. Our primary aim is to gather evidence that has already been produced, but we will consider all submissions on their merits.

We are particularly keen to receive evidence that is unlikely to show up in a review of academic journals. This could be reports by advocacy organisations, local service evaluations and internal data analysis.

We are interested in evidence relating to the terms of reference, but also welcome evidence relating to wider issues with the Act and associated practice.

More information can be found here:

The Terms of Reference can be found here:

Getting involved

The Society is reliant upon the expert psychological expertise of our members in order to provide evidence based responses to a whole range of stakeholders including Government departments and Policy decision makers

If you are interested in contributing to this, please send your comments to Hannah Farndon ([email protected]) who is leading the Society’s response, by Wednesday 3rd January using the response form below

We apologise for the extremely tight deadline set by the Department of Health

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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