Explains the rights that you have if you are sectioned and detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983.
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.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Maintains registers of drivers and vehicles.
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.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
Mental Health Lawyers Association
Professional association for solicitors specialising in mental health law. Includes a list of solicitors by local area.
Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales
Deals with cases in Wales relating to the Mental Health Act 1983.
This information was published in July 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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