Transitional Training Guide Introductory Training for Mental Health Officers and Other Practitioners Trainers’ Guide,
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Your first task is to provide an overview of the material for:

Consideration of consent for Emergency Detention; and

Consideration of consent for Short term Detention.

You may also wish to include other matters in you introductory overview that appear in the Reader 2,
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The framework for appointment and re appointment of MHOs; and

The material about risk assessment.

In this introduction to the material, we suggest several matters of primary concern:

The arrangements for appointment of MHOs are very different from those under the 1984 Act and will require re appointment to be based on evidence of continuing professional development. However, the specifications and framework for this are not yet known. We suggest that you mention it here as:

A way of making MHOs aware of an important fact; and

Introducing them to the expanded and more involved role of MHO under the Act,
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The designation of MHOs under section 229. This follows on from the point made above, that MHOs have a more involved, longitudinal role in the exercise of compulsory powers.

The duty to make inquiries is a new one, probably yet to be fully configured by policy in your local area. However, if such local policy is available to you, it could be important to share it in outline.

The 3 varieties of warrant available by application under section 35,
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The new arrangement whereby Short term Detention is not dependent upon Emergency Detention.

The fact that, Emergency Detention apart (where it is only required unless it is impracticable to obtain it), there is mandatory MHO involvement at the gateway to almost all compulsory powers.

The significance of the new conditions for Emergency and Short term Detention which now include ‘ significant’ risk and ‘welfare’ in the criteria for risk assessment and significantly impaired judgement about the provision of medical treatment

The specific test of capacity in making decisions about treatment

The new duties of the MHO to give advice and access to advocacy

The duties in relation to the named person

The interaction of the MHO’s duties with the PrinciplesIt may also be of value to set all of this in context by linking it to the discussion of CTOs coming in Session 3.

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