758A. Use of force in mental health units

758A.     Use of force in mental health units

The following provisions are not yet in force unless otherwise stated.

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 makes provision about the oversight and management of the appropriate use of force in relation to individuals in mental health units and makes provision about the use of body cameras by police officers in the course of duties in relation to individuals in mental health units. The Secretary of State may by regulations make such transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of any provision of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: s 14. As to regulations generally see Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 s 16 (in force).

1. Mental health units to have a responsible person

A relevant health organisation that operates a mental health unit must appoint a responsible person for that unit for the purposes of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 s 2(1). 'Relevant health organisation' means (1) an NHS trust; (2) an NHS foundation trust; (3) any person who provides health care services for the purposes of the NHS within the meaning of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 Pt 3: Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 s 13. See further health services. 'The NHS' has the same meaning as in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 s 64(4): Mental Health