"Improvement in awareness might help to reduce conflict "

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as the patient),

I had just picked up a leaflet about the Mental Health Act 2007 (from day services). I suggest that it should be available on all in patient mental health wards, either as a poster or given to people at an appropriate time. I fee there is a general lack of information about patients’ rights on wards. An improvement in awareness might help to reduce conflict and misunderstanding.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your suggestion about how we can improve availability of information and raise awareness of the Mental Health Act.We are always interested to hear about how improvements can be made.

I have passed your comments on to the general managers for this service area and to the mental health act office.

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I agree with the posted comment and I can confirm that poster and leaflet information should be available on all in patient wards re: the mental health act. This should also be raised at the point of admission for all patients (or as soon as is practicable given their presentation)but most importantly for those detained under the mental health act. Patients have their rights read and are given information about what the detention means and how they can appeal against that detention if they so wish.

We will help them access legal representation and advocacy if they require.

If you wish to discuss this futher please contact The Involvement Team 0115 9934567

Many thanks

Acute Care Services

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