About the Author
Richard Murphy is the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act lead for Solent NHS Trust. One of his key roles is to support inpatient and community nursing staff to carry out their practice within the statutory frameworks of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. He qualified as a social worker in 2001 and continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional and a Best Interest Advisor. He qualified with a masters in mental health law in 2012.
Philip Wales is a senior manager for the Care Quality Commission and a mental health nurse. Between 2004 and 2009 he was as a regional director in the Mental Health Act Commission. Before specialising in Mental Health Act regulation Philip held senior management positions within the NHS in the mental health and acute hospital sectors.