Welcome To My Blog!

Hello! – and welcome to my award-winning BLOG which has been running for around six years and has been used almost two million times around the World.

If you’re a new visitor or not sure how to navigate your way around, the most used resources I’ve produced are one click away and significant updates are highlighted below.

Since this blog began, the law of England and Wales and the Codes of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 have all been updated, sometimes more than once. When using this post as a reference tool, check the date of publication (displayed beneath each post) and cross-reference to the Government legislation website or current Codes of Practice. Police powers under the MHA changed on 11th December 2017, rendering aspects of the current Codes of Practice, redundant.

My latest post looks at the increasing practice of detaining inpatients to a mental health place of safety in the absence of a proper inpatient bed being available.  It argues for the need to keep fundamental rights at the forefront of everything we do.

Do feel free to leave a comments on the posts you read or use the contact box, below, to email me more generally – I will try my best to respond within a few days! I actively encourage you to disagree, challenge and debate, with me or others who contribute, because inevitably, what I write here is just one person’s perspective and there’s so much more to this.





Policing and Crime Act

I produced a series of posts on the Policing and Crime Act 2017 – the introductory post outlines what I tried to do and it contains links to the series.  It also contains links to posts which set out the new sections 135, 136 and 138 as they now appear in law.

The changes took effect on 11th December 2017.

IMG_0053I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

It is awarded for “a significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, President, RCPsych.

Feel free to email me!   I aim to reply within a few days.