Review: Mental Health Review Tribunal Report

The featured article is a Department of Health document titled ‘Mental Health Review Tribunal Report’ and freely available here. This is a 34-page document which covers Mental Health Tribunal training, administration and other issues in England and Wales for the period April 1999-March 2001. There is an introduction by Mrs Sarah Mullally Chief Nursing Officer and Director for Mental Health, looking at the work that has been done already as well as initiatives in legal and administrative matters. There is then an overview by Mr Michael Carlisle, regional chairman of North London and East Region, who  gives an eloquent account of the Training and Practice Manual that has been developed as well as the contributions and initiatives taken by relevant bodies in other areas and the issue of resources. Chapter 3 covers the structure of tribunals, providing details of how they operate. There follows a training report by Wendy Start National Training Chairperson who gives a brief outline of some of the training activity that has taken place during the relevant period and notes that MHRT training events contribute to continuing professional development. A second report is provided by Susan Howell, National Training Chairperson, who covers the local induction training and then covers regional training in more detail. Here there is coverage of the training objectives agreed by Regional Working Groups which are aligned with legislation and other factors. There is then discussion of a number of issues which are relevant at the National Level such as the budget and the creation of a website. Chapter 4c covers training and recruitment of members and includes details on some of the courses as well as recruitment campaigns. Chapter 5 is a report from the regions, which includes an interesting narrative of events from Ms Mary Kane, coverage of logistical issues in particular by Mr Michael Christie, an outline of events by Mr Guy Otten and assessment of achieved objectives by Mr John Wright and a brief overview of events in the Welsh Region. Chapter 6 outlines the staff structure within the HQ, there is some financial data in Chapter 7 followed by statistics in Chapter 8. In the latter chapter we learn that many tribunals are cancelled because patients have already been discharged from their sections. An increase in applications is noted together with the number of hearings. While the information is quite specialised, it is relevant to mental health professionals and some of the principles observed here can be translated across services.

Steps To Treatment (STT)

STT = Steps To Treatment. An estimate of the number of steps between the results and translation into practice i.e. treatment. This is an opinion.


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  1. Hrmm that was weird, my comment got eaten. Anyway I wanted to say that it’s nice to know that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks.


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