Consent to treatment
Explains your rights around giving consent to or refusing treatment. Find out what consent means, when you could be treated without your consent, and how to make complaints.
Useful contacts – consent to treatment
How to find an advocate
If you're in hospital, you can also contact the:
In some situations, you may be legally entitled to the support of an advocate. For more information, see our page on your legal rights to advocacy.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.
Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
Can tell you if you're eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Promotes and monitors human rights and equality.
First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health)
Deals with cases in England relating to the Mental Health Act 1983.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
Independent regulator for healthcare in Wales, where you can make complaints and provide feedback.
Helps represent people who use health and social care services in England.
Law Centres Network
Information about Law Centres, which defend the legal rights of people who can't afford a lawyer. Includes a searchable directory.
Connects volunteer lawyers with people who aren't eligible for legal aid and can't afford to pay for legal advice. Includes details of free legal advice clinics.
Mental Health Lawyers Association
Professional association for solicitors specialising in mental health law. Includes a list of solicitors by local area.
Office of the Public Guardian
Protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance.
This information was published in September 2022. We will revise it in 2025.
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