Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act (MHA) was staffed by a team of civil servants, under an independent chair. The aim was to improve the lives of those who are detained under the Mental Health Act, and at the heart of these improvements was the patient voice.
The review was given a tight timescale of one year to recommend improvements. At the outset, the review team set itself the challenge of generating consensus where it had not been found before. The aim was to demonstrate unarguable levels of engagement, particularly with service users and carers, alongside the highest standards of policy analysis.
On the day of publication, stakeholders enthusiastically welcomed the review, the Government committed to legislate, and several recommendations were accepted immediately. A white paper is now being prepared for later this year.