On 1 January 1994 Supervision Registers were introduced in Britain in accordance with Circular HSG(94)5 (Department of Health 1994). These were part of a so-called wider information system developed by health authority provider units to identify patients known to be at significant risk, or potentially at significant risk, of committing serious violence or suicide, or of serious neglect as a result of severe and enduring mental illness. A year later the Supervised Discharge Order was introduced under the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995. Supervision was to be for a limited number of patients who, after being detained in hospital for treatment under the 1983 Act, needed formal supervision to ensure that they received suitable care.
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