This is without question the best book on the market for those wanting a practical, user-friendly guide to the revised Mental Health Act without excessive jargon and extraneous detail. It is exactly the kind of book that I and many of my colleagues hoped someone would write to allow a functional understanding of the revised Mental Health Act without having to put in hours of private study or to depend on experience that would take years to accumulate - and now Maden and colleague have.
The revised Mental Health Act (2007) and the Mental Capacity Act (2005) are both key pieces of legislation for anyone working in the field of mental health, but getting to grips with how they operate in practice is not necessarily easy for those without specialist legal training or a high degree of expertise in this field. This book is the solution. It is practical in its approach, not merely reproducing the law - as many weighty tomes do - but instead summarising the key principles of these statutes and putting the law into context, allowing practitioners to understand its spirit and not merely follow its letter. It goes through those sections most commonly used in practice, outlining the key points in sufficient detail to be useful without losing readability or relevance. It is clear and concise; simple to read without being simplistic. Definitely destined to be one of the most well-thumbed books on the shelf of anyone working in the field of mental health.