Functions of Hospital managers under the Mental Health Act 1983

Document category: Trust wide policy

Document date: November 1, 2022

The Hospital managers for the purpose of the Mental Health Act 1983 (hereafter referred to as the Act) are the NHS Foundation Trust as a body. “managers” does not mean the management team of the hospital.

It is the Hospital managers who have the authority to detain patients under the Act. They have the primary responsibility for ensuring that the requirements of the Act are followed. This also includes patients subject to a community treatment order (CTO).

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