A Road Less Rocky - Supporting Carers of People with Dementia
In May 2012, Carers Trust commissioned the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, and Firefly Research & Evaluation, to undertake research to ‘understand more about the caring journey undertaken by carers of people with dementia and the challenges they face, from initial concerns that there may be something wrong to experiences at the end of life and afterwards’.
England and Wales
- Key rights of mental health carers (England and Wales) - Mental Health Acts 1983 and 2007
The Mental Health Act 2007 amends the previous 1983 Act, which governs the compulsory treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder.
- Guidance on Mental Health Acts 1983 and 2007 (England and Wales)
- Nearest relative concept - DH proposals
- Summary of changes to 1983 Code of Practice to 2007 Act
- MHA code of practice
- Mental Health Act 2007: The impact on carers
In 2015 the government published a new Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act (1983), Carers Trust published a briefing on the key points and what this means for carers.
Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act sets out how people who lack capacity now or may do in the future should be treated and their rights protected.
- Trust Guidance on Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales)
- Mental Capacity Act summary (DCA)
- A guide for advice workers
- A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers (DCA)
- A guide for Health and Social care workers (DCA)
- Mental Capacity Act resources (Office of the Public Guardian)
Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003
This Act outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings.
- Trust guidance Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003
- Guide to the appeals process
- Guide to Mental Health Officer role
- The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act provides safeguards and standards for the rights of adults who are assessed to lack capacity to make decisions.
The Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004
This Order outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings.
Current Mental Health Research
Research specifically on mental health caring is more sparse, but examples can be found on the sites below.