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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.

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Capacity, consent and compulsion for young people with borderline personality disorder

3 Oct, 2019 | .pdf, 1 MB

Guidance primarily for professionals working with young people with borderline personality disorder such as medical practitioners (mainly psychiatrists and GPs), nurses and social workers, including mental health officers.

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Supported decision making

30 Jul, 2019 | .pdf, 516.3 KB

The views of people with lived experience on supported decision making and people with a mental illness - some practicalities.

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Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD)

30 Jan, 2019 | .pdf, 733 KB

Good practice guide on alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD), assessment on capacity and use of legal powers.

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Consent to Treatment

25 Jan, 2018 | .pdf, 646.8 KB

Guidance to help mental health practitioners interpret the legal basis for treatment in line with best legal and ethical practice. This document was reviewed and updated to reflect key changes to the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015.

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SIDMA and eating disorder guide

26 Jun, 2017 | .pdf, 209.8 KB

Our guidance on significantly impaired decision making ability (SIDMA) and individuals with eating disorders.

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Capacity - Carer Opinion

31 May, 2017 | .pdf, 32.3 KB

Findings from our consultations with carers, looking at issues surrounding capacity. Carer opinion has been gathered from carer support meetings and discussions with individual carers, including those caring for individuals with mental illness, dementia, learning disability and autism.

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Capacity, Detention, Supported Decision Making and Mental Ill Health

31 May, 2017 | .pdf, 198 KB

Findings from our consultations with service users and carer groups, looking at issues around supported decision making and impaired judgement.

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Capacity, Detention, Supported Decision Making and Mental Ill Health

31 May, 2017 | .pdf, 198 KB

Findings from our consultations with service users and carer groups, looking at issues around supported decision making and impaired judgement.

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Capacity - Carer Opinion

31 May, 2017 | .pdf, 32.3 KB

Findings from our consultations with carers, looking at issues surrounding capacity. Carer opinion has been gathered from carer support meetings and discussions with individual carers, including those caring for individuals with mental illness, dementia, learning disability and autism.

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Scotland's Mental Health and Capacity Law: the Case for Reform

31 May, 2017 | .pdf, 936.1 KB

This report - written by Colin McKay and Professor Jill Stavert - provides an analysis and discussion of some of the major issues faced by Scottish mental health and capacity legislation.

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Covert Medication

2 Feb, 2017 | .pdf, 506.5 KB

Guidance on legal and practical considerations where an individual refuses treatment but lacks capacity to make a decision about medical treatment, and covert medication is being considered.

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Covert medication care pathway form 1

1 Feb, 2017 | .pdf, 100.3 KB

Covert medication care pathway good practice guidance form: non-rewritable

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Adults with Incapacity - Sexual Relationships and the Criminal Law

26 Jul, 2016 | .pdf, 442.9 KB

Our advice on sexual relationships and criminal charges where the adult lacks capacity.

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Contraception and Adults with Incapacity

28 Apr, 2016 | .pdf, 470.6 KB

This advice is intended to guide people through some of the complexities that arise relating to contraception and adults who may lack capacity.

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Left alone - Mr JL full report

8 Jul, 2014 | .pdf, 762.1 KB

The full report on our investigation into the end of life support and treatment of Mr JL.

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Left Alone - Mr JL executive summary

8 Jul, 2014 | .pdf, 170.2 KB

An executive summary of our report into the end of life support and treatment of Mr JL. (Hard copy available)

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Part 16 notes

16 Apr, 2014 | .pdf, 567.4 KB

Our advice notes on giving medical treatment under Part 16 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. This document is currently under review. Any comments on its content should be emailed to - mike.warwick@nhs.net

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Easy read Role of the DMP

14 Nov, 2013 | .pdf, 476.7 KB

This booklet is for people who are having treatment under Part 16 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act, 2003.

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Monitoring Clozapine

13 May, 2013 | .pdf, 167.4 KB

We were asked to look at a case of a patient on clozapine therapy who had died. This is a complex area of clinical practice often involving a clozapine clinic as well as the usual CMHT and GP. While we did not conclude that there was a deficiency of care, we thought there were a number of useful learning points.

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Ms AB report

22 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 164.3 KB

Ms AB was admitted to a rural hospital after becoming confused. We had some concerns about the legality of her care and treatment and have made recommendations, particularly on the use of medication.

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Drug-induced psychosis and the law

22 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 151.8 KB

Guidance on the use of the Mental Health Act in dealing with drug-induced psychosis.

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The role of the DMP

22 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 236.1 KB

This guide aimed for patients, family, friends and carers, describes the role of the Designated Medical Practitioner.

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Advance Directives refusing life sustaining treatments

7 Nov, 2012 | .pdf, 162.9 KB

In Scotland, an advance refusal of life-sustaining treatment has no formal legal status under the 2000 Act. It is different in England and Wales under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Ms R investigation

15 Jun, 2012 | .pdf, 128.5 KB

Ms R was subject to welfare guardianship. She died in 2011 after refusing treatment for suspected cervical cancer. This investigation looks at her care and treatment in the years leading up to her death.

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S47 certificate still needed if there is a welfare proxy

1 Mar, 2012 | .pdf, 162.7 KB

Except in emergencies, the Act requires that medical treatment is authorised under a certificate granted (usually) by the medical practitioner. There may also be a welfare proxy (attorney, guardian or holder of an intervention order) with the authority to consent.

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When is "AWI Incapacity" more than inability to communicate?

1 Mar, 2012 | .pdf, 163 KB

The Act, when defining incapacity, states that it must be due to either mental disorder or inability to communicate because of physical disorder. There are important differences in how these separate disorders are managed.

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Consenting Adults

1 Jan, 2012 | .pdf, 252.6 KB

Guidance for professionals and carers when considering rights and risks in sexual relationships involving people with a mental illness - Revised edition 2012.

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Not Properly Authorised Part 16 10-11

1 Feb, 2011 | .pdf, 130 KB

Monitoring report on unannounced visits to people receiving treatment under the safeguards of part 16 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

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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.