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Mental Health Act

Welsh Government Announcement

The National Collaborative Commissioning Unit (NCCU) is temporarily hosting these document and information for the Welsh Government to make sure they remain available to operational stakeholders during a process of information migration. Any queries about the content of the information should be sent to MentalHealthandVulnerableGroups@gov.wales

Prescribed Forms

The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship, Community Treatment and Consent to Treatment) (Wales) Regulations 2008 and The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship, Community Treatment and Consent to Treatment) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 are the principle regulations dealing with the exercise of compulsory powers in respect of persons liable to be detained in hospital or under guardianship, together with community patients, under the Mental Health Act 1983.                      

The Regulations prescribe the forms that are to be used in the exercise of powers under the Act, and these are set out in Schedule 1 of the Regulations. These Regulations (and the prescribed forms) came into force on 3 November 2008.

The Mental Health Act Code of Practice for Wales 2016 sets out guidance under Chapter 4 on the information which must be given to and explained to patients and their nearest relatives. 

On 2nd June 2012, The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship, Community Treatment and Consent to Treatment) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 came into force. The following forms were amended CO7, HO15, CP1, CP5, TC8 and a new Form C08 was introduced.

Please note: These forms should be printed out on pink paper.  It is recommended that you choose "shrink to printable area" in your print options for your printer.

Patient Information Leaflets | Taflen gwybodaeth i gleifion

The Welsh Government have produced a series of model Mental Health Act 1983 patient information leaflets. These are designed to assist hospitals and local social services authorities (LSSAs) to meet their legal obligations under the Mental Health Act 1983 to provide written information to patients subject to detention and other compulsory measures under the Act. These leaflets are non-statutory and there is no obligation on hospitals or LSSAs to use them.

The leaflets are designed to be printed as double-sided A4 pages which fold to form an A5 sized booklet.

The leaflets are available in English and in Welsh. Where there is a demonstrated local need, the Welsh Government encourages hospitals and LSSAs to provide material in other appropriate languages and formats.