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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335245072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335245079
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claire Barcham is a registered social worker and a qualified ASW/AMHP. She helped found the AMHP Leads network, and was the national chair for the group until 2011. She was also part of the development team for The College of Social Work and continues to work as AMHP on a regular basis.


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The Pocketbook Guide to Mental Health Act Assessments is a really helpful book for AMHPs (and other related professionals) when conducting assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007.

Chapter one offers the context of an AMHP's public duty to comply with patient's rights under the ECHR and lawfully engage with Articles 3, 5 and 8 (Human Rights Act 1998) when working in the field of MHA assessments. The chapter highlights an AMHP's duty towards people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and responsibility to eliminate discrimination and advance equality for people they assess under the MHA. Clear reference is offered regarding the myriad legislation AMHPs work with when preparing, coordinating and conducting MHA assessments and the chapter discusses complex issues in relation to the application of law to practice and the interface between the MHA: Mental Capacity Act (2005): Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (2009): Children Act 1989, other related legislation and Code of Practices.

Chapter two offers legal and practicable information for AMHPs when gathering the assessing team and the coordination of MHA assessments. Valuable material is offered regarding what AMHPs need to consider when selecting doctors under section 12 MHA and an AMHP's duty to identify the Nearest Relative under section 26 MHA and inform or consult under sections 11(3):11(4). The chapter also details when it may not be practicable to consult a nearest relative and a `checklist for AMHPs regarding delegation of the nearest relative's authority to another person, or points to deliberate if displacement of the nearest relative is being considered.
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Though primarily aimed at Approved Mental Health Professionals, this handy pocketbook contains vital information for junior Doctors. Whether it be answering questions about the Mental Health act when on-call, revising for Royal College of Psychiatrists examinations or preparing for Section 12 approval this book will cover everything. Recently I have returned to it to clarify points in a particularly complicated case. The checklists and reminders make the book really easy to use and the vignettes bring what could be quite a dry subject to life. I have recommended this book to a number of colleagues.
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A clearly written and concise to the point pocketbook. Doesn't quite fit into the pocket (but nearly). Written by a practitioner who knows her stuff. The check-lists and reminder boxes are extremely helpful. It is easy to follow and while clearly aimed at Approve Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) it could be recommended for anyone involved in assessing people under the Mental Health Act 1983. I would recommend it for AMHPs both in training and in practice. It could also be used by the well informed lay person trying to make sense of the "sectioning" process.
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No AMHP should be without this pocket book guide. I think it is marvellous; goes straight to what needs to be undertaken in mentall health act assessments; everything is there - the process, cordinating the assessment with the police, the ambulance and with the person and doctors and much more.
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I commend Claire Barcham's The Pocketbook Guide to Mental Health Act Assessments : IBSN 13 978 033524507 9. Claire's book is more like a Hayne's manual and gives aide de memoirs which spur the AMHP into considering all facets while setting up, conducting and operationalising admissions if deemed necessary.
Because of the increasing pressures placed on an AMHP due to operational hurdles like a national lack of psychiatric beds; coveyance problems, police cutbacks, a map of the minefield is more useful than descriptions of the mine.It is far more useful in the field than lugging around the massive Jones' tome (which is in dire need of a good pruning!).
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I am an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) .This book is wonderful it just what all AMHP's need. It's small and light and I carry it in my handbag and use it on a regular basis. (not back breaking like the jones)

Well designed and well thought out.
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This is an excellent resource for both AMHP's and other affiliated professionals or anyone wanting to know more about the process of a mental health act assessment. It is concise, relevant and uses straight forward language. It covers all the stages of a MHA assessment and it is broken down into short chapters. I found the checklists and reminders especially helpful. The chapter that covers section 136 is particularly pertinent to my role in Liaison psychiatry. It explains the steps that need to be taken and addresses some of the variables such a transfer under 136. This will be a very useful resource for staff within the team and in the wider A&E department.
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Great aide memoir for every AMHP in the field. Draws out the importance of how to pitch an assessment; reminds us of our obligations as social care professionals that interventions need to be proportionate and with respect for human rights. It advises on when a MSE is preferable to a full MHA assessment, introducing the debate around why Psychiatrists and other clinicians are so quick to default to full blown assessments.
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