Case Law

Remote assessments and the Mental Health Act: Devon Partnership NHS Trust v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2021] EWHC 101 (Admin)

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By Tim Spencer-Lane Introduction The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging for mental health services. Frontline clinicians and social workers are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because of the need for face-to-face assessments and intervention. Assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) are particularly difficult given that social distancing rules may be […]

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