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Book review: A Clinician’s Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act (fourth edition)

The authors offer this as a ‘brief guide’ to the Mental Health Act and the content is commendable, says Eleanor Sherwen. 
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The authors offer this as a brief guide to the Mental Health Act and the content is commendable.

The text guides the reader smoothly and succinctly through a concise history of common and statutory law. It is illustrated throughout with relevant and applicable content, helping to bring to life the process of decision-making and the application of the Mental Health Act. It also highlights the complexities that front-line clinicians may have to navigate in their daily work.

This text is eloquently written, accessible and user-friendly in its format and delivery. It is a must-read for all nurses working in mental health, whether those in hospitals, communities or the prison service. It would also be a valuable resource for those working in adult safeguarding, lecturers, nursing students or anyone with a professional curiosity about mental health and the act of mental health.

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★★★★

The authors offer this as a ‘brief guide’ to the Mental Health Act and the content is commendable. 

The text guides the reader smoothly and succinctly through a concise history of common and statutory law. It is illustrated throughout with relevant and applicable content, helping to bring to life the process of decision-making and the application of the Mental Health Act. It also highlights the complexities that front-line clinicians may have to navigate in their daily work. 

This text is eloquently written, accessible and user-friendly in its format and delivery. It is a must-read for all nurses working in mental health, whether those in hospitals, communities or the prison service. It would also be a valuable resource for those working in adult safeguarding, lecturers, nursing students or anyone with a professional curiosity about mental health and the act of mental health.

Overall, an enjoyable and informative read.


Tony Zigmond and Nick Brindle| RCPsych Publications| 180pp | £18.00 | ISBN: 9781909726628

Reviewed by Eleanor Sherwen, patient experience and quality manager, NHS England, Midlands and East 

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