City of York Council has pledged to take up the Mental Health Challenge to help reduce inequalities in mental health services across York.
A campaign to prevent drastic cuts to mental health budgets in Norfolk and Suffolk has gained 1,000 Facebook supporters just one week after it was launched, with a further 13,000 viewing the campaign page.
Some mental health conditions may be passed down the generations via memories
A group of mental health charities – the We Need To Talk Coalition – has said that NHS cuts to mental health services mean more than half of all patients may have to wait for an average of three months before accessing the mental health services they need.
The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) has announced an inquiry into the release of a mental health patient who later went on to behead a woman in Tenerife.
A campaign by frontline mental health workers in Norfolk and Suffolk attracted standing room only crowds at its first meeting in Norwich on Monday evening (25/11/13).
A new report by think tank the Centre for Social Justice has found that personal debt in the UK almost equals the country’s entire output.
A rise in the number of police detentions for mental health patients in South Wales has promoted calls for more measures to reduce the number of detentions under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Cambridgeshire is to launch a new mental health mobile phone app to offer tips and advice to mental health patients.
The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) has launched a criminal investigation into the death of a Luton man with mental health issues, who died in hospital after falling ill in police custody.
Mental health campaigners and patients in York have staged a protest over long waiting lists and a shortage of beds in local mental health services – and the reorganisation of St Andrew’s psychotherapy unit in York.
LibDem MP for North Norfolk, Norman Lamb, has called for the introduction of targets for mental health services to bring them into line with other NHS services.
Well done to Aklema Begum, Angela Smith, Charanjit Dhami, Sarah Stimson, Lucinda Broad and Umar Kankiya for recently successfully achieving their Mental Health Panel Memberships; an illustration of the expertise and client diligence they each bring to this area of law.
Olu Ayodeji, Solicitor and Mental Health Accreditation Panel Member joins Duncan Lewis at our Lewisham branch practicing in Housing Law, all Social Welfare Law and Mental Health Law.
Charanjit Dhami is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal Review Panel and returns to Duncan Lewis with a specialism in Mental Health Judicial Review matters.
The Upper Tribunal took a landmark decision by ordering that the First-tier Mental Health Tribunal hold a public hearing of AH's application for discharge from hospital, establishing the important principle that open justice should extend to the usually private setting of mental health tribunals.
The right to an open hearing is not likely to be taken up often. It is an option that should be available to all. All patients should have the opportunity to prove, if they wish, that they are capable of making a judgment about their own interests.
A man detained at Broadmoor high-security hospital has spoken of his “determination to get heard” ahead of becoming the first psychiatric patient to have an appeal against detention open to the public.
The power to release Mr Haines rests with a mental health tribunal, the secretive system that has the unenviable task ofdeciding whether someone should continue to be sectioned.
With over 400 employees, Duncan Lewis expects some level of staff turnover. It is reassuring to know that Duncan Lewis are doing something right as we are proud to welcome back former Duncan Lewis employees back to the firm.
Kate Luscombe of Duncan Lewis has been shortlisted for the 2011 LALY Mental Health Lawyer of the Year award.
This article was published in The Independent by Kate Luscombe, Head of Mental HealthThe Upper Tribunal took a landmark decision by ordering that the First-tier Mental Health Tribunal hold a public hearing of AH's application for discharge from hospital, establishing the important principle that open justice should extend to the usually private setting of mental health tribunals.
A patient in Broadmoor Hospital who has spent more than two decades alongside some of Britain's most dangerous criminals has won the right to have a review into his detention heard in public. This is the first result of this kind and will have major implications for the way Mental Health Tribunals will function in the future.
Today on the 15 February 2011 the Court of Protection sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice met to consider a case of a 21 yr old woman (P), suffering from learning disabilities who is due to deliver her second child tomorrow by elective Caesarean.
From October 2009 to September last year, 3,970 Armed Forces staff were diagnosed with a mental disorder. Of those, 235 suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Rhea Edes has just attained her Mental Health Panel Membership. Rhea undertook her training contract at Duncan Lewis and qualified as a solicitor in May 2008.
Duncan Lewis’ Mental Health department have achieved a peer review rating of 2. This result is exemplary of Duncan Lewis Mental Health department as many of our solicitors are accredited as Mental Health panel members.
Duncan Lewis has recently recruited 14 Mental Health consultant freelance solicitors to make their Mental Health freelance team reach 18.
Shazia is now a freelance Mental Health consultant solicitor at Duncan Lewis and has become a Mental Health Panel Member.
Andrea Spyrou of Duncan Lewis has been shortlisted for the 2010 Mental Health Lawyer of the Year award.
Nearly 30,000 people are held in immigration detention in the UK every year. It has long been the Secretary of State (SSHD)’s own policy that those suffering from serious medical conditions or the mentally ill are normally considered suitable for immigration detention in “only very exceptional circumstances” . This rule also applies to torture victims (where there is independent evidence of the torture) and other vulnerable persons such as victims of trafficking, the disabled, pregnant women and children. They are deemed unsuitable for immigration detention because their detention requires particular “security, care and control” . In reality many such vulnerable persons are unfortunately regularly detained in breach of this policy. In criminal cases, the risk of further offending or harm to the public may make detention justifiable despite the fact that such an individual may be unsuitable for detention from a health point of view. Less justifiable is the detention of asylum seekers (who are often suffering from mental illnesses) for their asylum claim to be heard under the accelerated “Fast Track” process.
The Mental Health Act 1983 included a provision in section 3(2) (b) that ‘treatment must be likely to alleviate or prevent a deterioration of his condition’. This provision was repealed when the Mental Health Act was amended in 2007 and was replaced with the appropriate medical treatment test contained in section 3(2)(d) which states that in order to detain someone for the purpose of treatment ‘appropriate medical treatment is to be available for him’.
Lawyers and doctors are constantly at loggerheads when a case raises complex legal and medical issues. In its very nature, every case is highly sensitive and the patient-client relationship depends on commitment, trust and knowledge between the triumvirate parties involved.
A 94-year-old Plymouth woman has won a landmark decision that could mean hundreds of elderly people will no longer be required to fund their nursing home fees out of their own pockets.