The functions of approved mental health professionals include making applications1 for compulsory admission to hospital for assessment2 (including emergency applications3) or for treatment4 or for reception into guardianship5, gaining access to patients under guardianship6, applying to a county court for guardianship to be transferred7, returning detained patients who are absent without leave8, applying to a county court for the appointment of an acting nearest relative for a patient9 or for the variation of such an order10, conveying to hospital patients subject to hospital orders11, retaking patients who are absent without leave from hospitals in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands
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