The Language used in the Mental Health Act

The term “mental disorder” which is used throughout the Act means “any disorder or disability of the mind”.

An “Approved Mental Health Professional” is a professional who has undertaken training and acts on behalf of the local authority, for the purposes of the Mental Health Act.

A “Responsible Clinician” is a professional who has undertaken training and been approved to act as such, who is in charge of the care and treatment of a person detained under the Act.


Last Updated: April 2013
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