Practice Guidance

The nearest relative’s role and responsibilities: quick guide

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The nearest relative (NR) is a key person under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) who has rights and responsibilities if their relative is detained in hospital or subject to a community treatment order (CTO) or guardianship. This quick guide is designed to help practitioners work with NRs effectively.

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