We have been asked to make you aware of the following workshops, which have been set up as part of the independent review of the Mental Health Act. Please follow the links provided to register if you would like to attend. There is also a request for local systems to share any relevant evidence they may have in related areas: see section 2 below. Please share this email with appropriate staff within your organisations or local system/STP.
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act will be running three workshops during August to engage with mixed audiences on the Review’s thinking so far, on potential options for change and on what those options might result in for service users and professionals. The feedback gathered from attendees will help inform the Review’s final recommendations that will be published later in the year.
The Review’s aim is to bring together interested parties of all types, but we are particularly committed to capturing the views and expertise of service users, carers and professionals with direct experience of the Mental Health Act.
The events will run from 9.30am-1pm and will take place in London (Monday 13th August), Liverpool (Wednesday 15th August) and Exeter (Tuesday 21st August). Reasonable expenses and adjustments can be provided for those attending in a service user or carer capacity.
For more information and to register, please visit:
- Evidence on addressing rising rates of MHA detention
On behalf of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act (MHA), we are seeking qualitative and quantitative evidence on any work undertaken at a local level to specifically:
- a) Understand rising rates of detention under the MHA; and/or
- b) Address rising rates of MHA detention
This may be in its nature:
- An academic report based on formal research of local services, systems or populations
- A local investigative or evaluative report (involving, for example, commissioners, providers, local authorities, VCS organisations, user-led organisations, research bodies, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), higher education institutions etc)
- A report assessing or evaluating specific interventions delivered locally or local models of care where use of the MHA (section 136 or otherwise) is one measure
- Evidence, studies, interventions which identify or tackle existing disparities and distributional effects across communities, in particular the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnicities detained under the Act.
Please contact MHActReview@dh.gsi.gov.uk attaching a report or including a website hyperlink by Friday 10th August.