Chapter 3 continues in the practical vein of Chapter 2 but in this instance considers the convergence and divergence of approved mental health practice from a Scottish and Northern Irish perspective. As we have commented earlier, intranational considerations are of increasing importance in approved mental health practice. This chapter, like its predecessor therefore, focuses on such matters, but it also has another function; it continues the thread which began in Chapter 1 and picked up in Chapter 2 of the evolution of approved mental health practice. The influence of principle based legislation is revisited, and it is also reinforced that these mirror social models of mental health. Furthermore, the ‘local’ debate as to whether to open up approved mental health practice to other professions, and the subsequent dismissal of this, is pertinent. It is seen that the notion of independence, the second underpinning theme of Chapter 1, is fundamental. Intranational perspectives also bring into sharp focus how policy is inspired by and reflects social and cultural contexts peculiar to local developments. In so doing a platform is provided for Chapter 4 in which the author debates the influence of policy in depth. Lastly, Chapter 1’s underpinning theme of the influence of research on approved mental health practice continues here as further research into approved mental health practice is urged.
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