Drawing on a wealth of experience from both current and past practitioners in mental health, this book is a handbook for Approved Mental Health Practitioners at a time of uncertainty and change. The book considers the themes and issues relating to the role, the present day challenges and future directions for the profession.
Introduction; S.Matthews and P.O'Hare.- 1. Underpinning Themes, Theories and Research; S.Matthews.- 2. UK-Wide Perspectives: England and Wales; T.Spencer-Lane.- 3. UK Wide Perspectives: Scotland and Northern Ireland; J.Gordon and R.Davis.- 4. 'Mental Health Law' and 'Mental Health Policy' in the UK; D.Pilgrim.- 5. The Problem of Psychiatric Diagnosis; H.Spandler.- 6. Ethics and Values; D.Bogg.- 7. Diversity in Mental Health Assessment; A.Taylor and J.Hemmington.- 8. The Impact of Space and Place; A.Murr and T.Waterhouse.- 9. The Experiences of Service Users; J.Ridley.- 10. The Role of the Nearest Relative; P.O'Hare and G.Davidson.- 11. Evidence Based Practice; P.O'Hare.- 12. Managing Uncertainty and Developing Practice Wisdom; J.Hemmington.- Conclusion: Old Values, New Problems? J.Hemmington, P.O'Hare and S.Matthews.