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Publication date: 25 February 2010

Simon Lawton‐Smith

A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Publication date: 18 August 2010

Simon Lawton‐Smith

A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 14 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Publication date: 1 March 2008

Simon Lawton‐Smith

The UK government's Mental Health Act 2007 introduces compulsory supervised community treatment (SCT) to England and Wales. Estimates of the possible level of use of SCT are…

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The UK government's Mental Health Act 2007 introduces compulsory supervised community treatment (SCT) to England and Wales. Estimates of the possible level of use of SCT are helpful both to address patient fears and to plan services. The number of patients under SCT is likely to rise over time, although the level of use will depend on a number of contextual variables and whether evidence of clinical and social benefits is forthcoming.

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

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Article
Publication date: 17 November 2011

Simon Lawton‐Smith

This paper aims to review recent and forthcoming developments in mental health policy across the UK.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review recent and forthcoming developments in mental health policy across the UK.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper summarises and comments on recent policy documents and initiatives.

Findings

The paper suggests how changes to policy might impact on mental health services.

Originality/value

The paper updates knowledge of recent and forthcoming mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Article
Publication date: 13 May 2010

Simon Lawton‐Smith

A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Article
Publication date: 14 February 2011

Simon Lawton‐Smith

A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 15 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Article
Publication date: 15 August 2011

Simon Lawton‐Smith

The purpose of this paper is to provide a quarterly review of recent or forthcoming policy developments in mental health and social inclusion issues.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a quarterly review of recent or forthcoming policy developments in mental health and social inclusion issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The author describes and comments on the most significant recent policy developments from within the UK that impact on mental health services and people with mental health needs.

Findings

The paper finds that the NHS reforms in England could cause some problems for the implementation of the new English mental health strategy; Northern Ireland and Scotland are both in a position to develop new mental health frameworks and Wales is implementing new statutory rights for mental health service users.

Originality/value

This paper summarises some recent policy developments in mental health across the UK.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 11 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

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Publication date: 9 November 2010

Simon Lawton‐Smith

A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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A quarterly review of recent and forthcoming developments within mental health policy.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Publication date: 22 February 2013

Jacqueline Ann Taylor, Simon Lawton‐Smith and Hannah Bullmore

This paper aims to set out the views of approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) on the impact of supervised community treatment (SCT) on their work and their patients' lives…

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Purpose

This paper aims to set out the views of approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) on the impact of supervised community treatment (SCT) on their work and their patients' lives in the community.

Design/methodology/approach

The study covered a total of 56 community treatment order (CTO)‐related activities undertaken in 2010 in a local social services authority (LSSA) in the north west of England, and looked at data from the records of 25 CTO patients. Nine AMHPs responded to a CTO outcomes questionnaire and five participated in a focus group.

Findings

The characteristics of CTO patients in this LSSA study were consistent with national data. AMHPs were often undecided about the benefits of CTOs to their patients. A majority agreed that CTOs could benefit patients by earlier identification of relapse, improving access to housing and reducing the risk of avoidable harm to self or others. However, a majority also agreed that CTOs had not improved patients' access to employment, education, training or recreational activities; nor had they helped reduce the stigma and discrimination that patients faced.

Research limitations/implications

This was a relatively small‐scale study. However, its findings are consistent with previous work in this area, and provide pointers to how SCT can be more effectively implemented across England.

Originality/value

There is very little published research into the impact of SCT in England. Although small in scale, this study provides valuable insights into the views of AMHPs, who play a core role in the CTO process.

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