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Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice

Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice (4th edn)

Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland
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date: 30 May 2023

10. Control in the Communitylocked

10. Control in the Communitylocked

  • Peter BartlettPeter BartlettNottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham
  •  and Ralph SandlandRalph SandlandAssociate Professor in Law, University of Nottingham


This chapter examines the extent, scope, and current usage of the various powers by which some degree of compulsion can be imposed on a patient to accept services in the community. It discusses leave and recall; guardianship; community treatment orders; and after-care under s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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