Have your say – Dementia and the Mental Health Act review

The Mental Health Act is currently being reviewed in response to concerns about the way it is being used. Make your voice heard. Complete this survey.

Mental Health Act review

One of the ways they are doing this is through a survey, in order to hear about service users’ and carer’s experiences of the Act.

The Mental Health Act is the law in England and Wales that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental disorder. It covers when a person can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital for their mental disorder, as well as safeguards to protect people’s rights if they are detained.

How does this affect people with dementia?

Dementia falls within the definition of ‘mental disorder’ used within the Mental Health Act. This means that in some cases, people with dementia are detained, assessed and treated under the law. Because of this, it is really important that the impact of the Mental Health Act on people with dementia is considered as part of this review.

It is vital that the Review Board hears from people with dementia who have experience with the Mental Health Act. This is to ensure they fully understand how it is currently being used and its impact on people affected by dementia, their families and healthcare professionals. This will help to ensure that recommendations for what future law and practice should look like will work for people with dementia.

How you can have your say

We think it is crucial for the issues currently being faced by people with dementia when they are subject to the Mental Health Act to be part of the review.

The survey is a really important opportunity to make your voice heard, so please do share your experiences.

The deadline was Wednesday 28 February 2018.

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As my wife's husband and carer I am deeply concerned and disappointed that the regular Memory Clinic has now been cancelled following the decision by NICE and the consequent action of the South East CCG.
This was a valuable service for both my wife and myself. The provision of the service was handed to GPs without any consultation or resources.
It appears to be a decision based on finance.
I am very unhappy at the absence of this service.

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