Supporting unpaid carers around hospital leave for people detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) in England: carer and practitioner perspectives

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When an individual is detained in hospital it is important that they maintain contact with their family, friends and communities as these can be helpful for their well-being and recovery. Maintaining these relationships is also important to unpaid carers (family or friends), but they can be strained by carers’ instigation of, or compliance with, the involuntary detention. Section 17 of the Mental Health Act (1983) in England and Wales allows for temporary leave from hospital, from an hour in the hospital grounds to going home for a few days. However, carers are not always involved in decisions around statutory s.17 leave, even where they are expected to support someone at home. This study aimed to explore how practice can be improved to better involve and support carers around s.17 leave.
Original languageEnglish
Article number160
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2024

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