Dignity and respect under the Mental Health Act

Dr Amy Pollard at the Royal Society, 22nd January 2019, presenting on the Mental Health Act Review

Only one third of people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act report that they have been treated with dignity and respect.

In 2018, Dr Amy Pollard, Director of the Mental Health Collective was asked by Prof. Sir Simon Wessely to chair the Dignity and Safety topic group for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

The Dignity and Safety Topic Group

Members of the group included those with lived experience, carers, clinicians, CQC, NHS Improvement, academia and the not-for-profit sector.

  • Dr. Amy Pollard, Chair of the Patient Dignity & Safety topic group, Founder and Director of the Mental Health Collective
  • Kate King, Advisor on Lived Experience, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Sophie Corlett, Director of External Affairs, Mind
  • Alison Cobb, Policy Advisor, Mind
  • Professor Paul Crawford, Health Humanities, University of Nottingham
  • Anthony Deery, Head of Delivery for Mental Health NHS Improvement
  • Seth Hunter, Project Manager, The Dragon Café
  • Dr. Fredrik Johansson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement Islington Crisis Resolution Team
  • Colin King, BAME Service user representative
  • Vicky Romback, Modern Matron and QI Lead, Glenbourne Inpatient Unit, Livewell
  • Natasha Sloman, Head of Hospital Inspection Care and Quality Commission
  • Darren Watts, Carer representative Service User and Carer Group, MHA Review

The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act reported in December 2018 (report and supporting documents are here).

The Mental Health Collective is engaged in policy, research and practice to ensure its recommendations are implemented, particularly those relating to dignity and respect for service users held under section.

The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act (2018). Modernising the Mental Health Act: Increasing Choice, Reducing Compulsion.Department of Health and Social Care. Online here.

Pollard, A (2019) ‘The Mental Health Act Review: From Report to Reality’ Accountable Care Journal. 29th January 2019. Online here.