Patient is detained for treatment for a maximum period of 6 months beginning with the date of admission for assessment RMO completes Form 10


The purpose of detention for treatment in hospital is to allow for the implementation of the initial treatment and care plan agreed as part of the assessment in hospital process in circumstances where the patient meets the criteria for detention for treatment. SEE CONSENT TO TREATMENT CHAPTER

What is the definition of medical treatment in the Order?

Medical treatment is defined in Article 2 (2) of the Order as including "nursing and also includes care and training under medical supervision". The Code states that this "acknowledges that modern psychiatric care is a team activity involving several disciplines, including psychiatry, clinical psychology, nursing, occupational therapy and social work".

Since the publication of the Code peer advocates and carers also have a significant and valuable role to play in the overall care and treatment of patients in hospital and in the community.

All those involved in the treatment of patients should ensure that their practice is compatible with the Principles of Treatment contained in the Code of Practice.


If the RMO or another Part II doctor in the absence of the RMO considers that the patient should be detained for a period of treatment Form 10 should be completed before the expiry of the 14-day assessment period. The doctor is required to give a clinical description of the patient's condition and justify the need for detention. LINK TO FORM 10

The patient and nearest relative must be advised accordingly.

Form 10 should not be completed by the same doctor who gave the medical recommendation on which the original application was founded.

How and when is a patient informed of his rights?

A patient is informed of his rights at each stage of the detention process. The doctor, mental health social worker or nurse will speak to him and inform him of the possible duration of his detention and his right to appeal to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is also provided with written information to read. This is a stressful time for the person concerned and it may be difficult for him to remember all that is explained. Advocacy services may also provide support.

What should happen during the patient's detention in hospital?

While detained in hospital the patient's progress and care plan must be continually reviewed. The patient must be discharged from detention as soon as his condition improved and the criteria for detention are no longer met.