Section 5(4) of the Mental Health Act 1983: the art of applying the Act.

Tommy Dickinson

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    Abstract

    Section 5(4) of the Mental Health Act 1983 allows patients to be detained by nurses of the 'prescribed class' for a maximum of 6 hours. There is a paucity of research on the subject of Section 5(4); however, the little research that has been conducted has shown that there are gaps in the knowledge of registered nurses and nursing students due to be registered with regard to the following areas of Section 5(4): duration of the holding power; whether the client can be treated against their will; eligibility for detention; and criteria for implementation. This article will seek to clarify these gaps and provide nurses with a comprehensive systematic guide to follow should they have to invoke the section.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1272-1278
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
    Volume16
    Issue number20
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2007

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