Homepage Publications


We produce a range of publications, for professionals, people with mental ill health and families/carers. You can download them from our website. We have copies of some materials – contact us to enquire.


Western Isles Hospital, Adult Psychiatric Unit, 16 April 2019

19 Jun, 2019 | .pdf, 76.2 KB


Power of Attorney and restriction of liberty

15 Mar, 2018 | .pdf, 362.7 KB

Our guidance on the limits to power of attorney when an adult with incapacity resists or objects.


The Adults with Incapacity Act in general hospitals and care homes

10 Apr, 2017 | .pdf, 439.8 KB

Our guidance on  the use of the Adults with Incapacity Act in general hospital and care home settings. This document was reviewed and updated in Spring 2017 in light of changes to the Mental Health Act.


The Mental Health Act in General Hospitals

25 Aug, 2016 | .pdf, 440.2 KB

Our guide to the use of The Mental Health Act in general hospitals.


Hidden Surveillance

2 Dec, 2015 | .pdf, 395.3 KB

This advice note considers the issues for organisations such as care homes who may be considering using hidden surveillance. It also looks at the subject from the point of view of families and friends of people who are cared for by such organisations, and who may themselves be considering using hidden surveillance.


Power of Attorney guide for staff in Hospitals and Care Homes

2 Nov, 2015 | .pdf, 60.2 KB

A quick guide to Power of Attorney for staff in hospitals and care homes.


Power of Attorney guide for general practitioners

2 Nov, 2015 | .pdf, 70.6 KB

A quick guide to Power of Attorney for general practitioners.


Decisions about technology

29 Sep, 2015 | .pdf, 130.3 KB

Principles and guidance on good practice when considering the use of telecare and assistive technology for people with dementia, learning disabilities and related disorders.


Deprivation of Liberty 2015

10 Jul, 2015 | .pdf, 787.7 KB

An update of the analysis and guidance advice on deprivation of liberty produced in 2013.Thank you to Jill Stavert for producing this update.


Guidance on s13ZA and the Cheshire West Supreme Court Decision

17 Sep, 2014 | .pdf, 99.1 KB

Mental Welfare Commission response to queries related to when to use s13ZA v Guardianship following the Cheshire West Supreme Court decision.


Rights, risks and limits to freedom

22 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 708.1 KB

This aims to guide thinking on the use of restraint and encourage care staff to consider the impact actions may have on the people they are caring for.


Right to treat - delivering physical healthcare

1 Jan, 2011 | .pdf, 120.8 KB

Guidance on delivering physical healthcare to people who lack capacity and refuse or resist treatment.


Working With The Adults With Incapacity Act - for people working in adult care settings

1 Mar, 2007 | .pdf, 179 KB

Guidance for those working to provide residential care for people with a learning disability, mental illness or dementia, including a 'Guardianship Checklist' - a guide to information we would expect to see in the file of an individual subject to welfare guardianship.