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The challenges of undertaking mental health advocacy (R (YZ) v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust)

Published on: 03 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The challenges of undertaking mental health advocacy (R (YZ) v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Original news
  • What key issues did this case raise?
  • What did the Court of Appeal decide, and to what extent does the court's judgment clarify the law in this area?
  • The judge directed that a copy of the judgment be sent to the Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Agency—why was this?
  • What did the judge have to say about the case being pursued in order to highlight the treatment of transgender dysphoria in such persons detained in a psychiatric hospital in similar circumstances to the claimant? In the court's view, was the claimant's mental condition partly attributable to his sexual identity issues?
  • What are the practical and/or wider implications of the judgment?
  • What should practitioners take away from this case, especially in terms of advising clients and 'best practice'?

Article summary

Local Government analysis: Discussing the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (YZ) v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Sheree Green, senior associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors, suggests that mental health practitioners will read this case with interest, but may decline to read too closely into its implications just yet. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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