Human rights in mental health services: good practice guide

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
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This guide explains how and where human rights impact on the provision of mental health care and how staff can best ensure that the key rights are respected. It is aimed at staff in hospital and community teams in Scotland and has been written in consultation with mental health care practitioners, users of services, and patients’ relatives who have direct experience of adult acute settings. It looks at each of the rights set out in the Rights in Mind pathway to patients’ rights in mental health services. There is a section for each stage, covering patient’s rights in the community, hospital admission, hospital care, and hospital discharge. The guide also sets out overarching rights that apply across all of these stages. Short case studies are included to illustrate different scenarios. The guide can be used both as a reference guide and as an improvement resource to help staff reflect on their policies and practice. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
mental health care, human rights, good practice, hospital admission, hospital discharge, hospitals, mental health problems, community mental health services, mental health services, patients;
Content type:
practice guidance
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