Mental health and dementia guidance, research and responses to consultations

Mental health and dementia guidance, research and responses to consultations

Key Points: 

  • A Road Less Rocky - Supporting Carers of People with Dementia report.
  • The Mental Health Act 2007 amends the previous 1983 Act, which governs the compulsory treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder.
  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings.
  • Mental Health Act (1983) Revised Code of Practice 2015.
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10/05/18

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

The Mental Health Act 2007 amends the previous 1983 Act, which governs the compulsory treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder.

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.

Carers Trust Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 Briefing

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.

Scotland

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. 

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.

Northern Ireland

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.