Key Issues: The Mental Health Act (MHA) (1983) is revised as a result of the MHA 2007 which came into being on 1st October 2008.The 2007 MHA has implications for interdisciplinary working because of the way it redefines mental disorder and widens the definition of treatment.Professional roles are subject to change as a result of the new legislation that fits with the overall New Ways of Working initiative, having the biggest impact on Consultant Psychiatrists and Approved Social Workers (ASWs).The new role of the Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) is introduced which has the potential to increase service users’ contributions to interdisciplinary decision making about their care and treatment.
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