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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.

35 matching publications.

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Person centred care plans

20 Aug, 2019 | .pdf, 876.5 KB

This guidance is about good practice in the development of person centred care plans for people using mental health, dementia and learning disability services. This guidance may be helpful for all clinical staff who develop and use care plans in a health and social care setting and for people who use services and their carers.

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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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Carers and Confidentiality

5 Dec, 2018 | .pdf, 698.9 KB

Good practice guidance on how to balance the principle of carer involvement with the patient's right to confidentiality.

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Working with an interpreter

28 Feb, 2018 | .pdf, 626.2 KB

A toolkit for Staff on the use of interpreters in mental health and learning disability settings. Developed in partnership with the Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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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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Common Concerns with Power of Attorney

9 Nov, 2017 | .pdf, 652.7 KB

A guide to assist health and social care staff with issues that arise from the operation of powers of attorney. This document was reviewed and updated in November 2017 to reflect key changes to the Mental Health Act 2015.

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Advance statements

11 Sep, 2017 | .pdf, 317.2 KB

A good practice guide on supporting people to make advance statements and how they are used.

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Working with Independent Advocates

1 Sep, 2017 | .pdf, 645 KB

Information to help practitioners understand the role of independent advocacy, with guidance on dealing with difficult situations.

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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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Responding to violence in mental health and learning disability care settings

23 Jun, 2017 | .pdf, 457.7 KB

Guide on best practice in responding to incidents of violence in learning disability and mental health settings. This document was reviewed in Spring 2017 in light of changes to the Mental Health Act. The previous title was 'Zero Tolerance: Responding to violence in mental health or learning disability care settings'.

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Rights in mind booklet

24 May, 2017 | .pdf, 497.3 KB

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Human Rights in Mental Health Services

24 May, 2017 | .pdf, 395.7 KB

This guide explains how and where human rights impact on mental health care delivery, and how staff can best ensure that the key rights are respected and promoted. It is intended to be both a reference guide and an improvement resource.

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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.

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LGBT inclusive mental health services

29 Mar, 2017 | .pdf, 320.6 KB

A guide for health professionals and mental health services on LGBT patients.

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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 2

1 Feb, 2017 | .pdf, 12.7 KB

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

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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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Supported decision-making

4 Nov, 2016 | .pdf, 1.1 MB

Our Supported Decision Making good practice guide explains the relevance and importance of supported decision making, and the role that it can play in reinforcing principales that underpin Scottish legislation.

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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.

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Power of Attorney guide for general practitioners

2 Nov, 2015 | .pdf, 70.6 KB

A quick guide to Power of Attorney for general practitioners.

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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.

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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.

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Preparation of Care Plans for People subject to Compulsory Care and Treatment

25 Sep, 2015 | .pdf, 123.7 KB

This document is primarily for responsible medical officers (RMOs)

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Nutrition by Artificial Means

31 Mar, 2015 | .pdf, 112.8 KB

Ethical and legal guidance for those considering the provision of artificial nutrition to a patient with an eating disorder.

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Specified Persons

13 Feb, 2015 | .pdf, 133.7 KB

Guidance on principles and best practice in implementing specified persons regulations under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in relation to restrictions around patients' correspondence or use of telephones, and relating to safety and security.

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Money matters

12 Feb, 2015 | .pdf, 136 KB

This guide sets out options for managing the money of people who - due to mental ill health or learning disability - are unable to manage their own finances.

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Use of Seclusion

18 Apr, 2014 | .pdf, 236.9 KB

Good practice guidance on the use of seclusion.

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Young people in adults wards

29 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 430.9 KB

Guidance on considerations when young people are admitted to adult mental health wards.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Supervising and Supporting Welfare Guardians

1 Jan, 2010 | .pdf, 499 KB

A collaborative practice guide between the Social Work Inspection Agency ( now SCSWIS) and the Commission identifying the need for improvements in arrangements for the supervision and support of welfare guardians. (Please see amendments to the Act at: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/good-practice/comision-advice/guidance-on-the-changes-introduced-by-an-amendment-to-the-regulations-concerning-the-supervision-of-welfare-guardians,-in-june-2014/)

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Social Circumstances Reports

1 Jan, 2009 | .pdf, 76.1 KB

Good practice guidance on the preparation of Social Circumstances Reports for mental health officers and managers.

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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.