If the nearest relative decides that the application should be made and that he wishes to exercise his legal right to do so, the professionals involved should provide and guide the person through the completion of Form 1. The application must be made to the relevant authority. LINK TO List of Trust Headquarters Addresses

The nearest relative must have seen the patient within 2 days prior to the completion of their application. The nearest relative should be offered assistance and advice from the medical practitioner and other professionals involved.

The GP/medical practitioner should advise that the advice and assistance of an ASW is available 24 hours each day in relation to both the application and any necessary conveyance arrangements.