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The new post covers legally specific issues in the UK: what legal powers exist where patients from Scotland, which has a separate legal and health system, abscond to any other part of the UK? There are multiple incidents of this, including recently, at it always proves to be a legal headache for the officers or health staff who have to decide whether or not someone is, in fact, ‘absconded’ and whether there are cross-border powers to re-detain and safeguard them. I hope this post shines light on the topic!

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IMG_0053I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a –

“Significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, RCPsych President.

For services to policing  and mental health –

I was appointed an Officer in the Order of the British Empire

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in the 90th Birthday Honours.


PACE For Beginners

Part One – general framework affecting all detainees.
Part Two – issues variously affecting detainess.
Part Three – how PACE relates to the MHA in custody.
Part Four – detailed vignettes on PACE / MHA.

Temporary Reduction in Output!

I’m in the process of updating, tidying and re-indexing all 500+ posts on this blog and in the process of  organising print  copies of all my posts into hardcopy folders.  As such, I’ll be writing less until this is complete.  I also changed the ‘theme’ of the BLOG well over a year ago and need to reformat some of the posts so they don’t look odd and old!

Feel free to email me  –  I aim to reply within a few days, wherever possible!