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The Home Office Mental Health Unit

  • Jayanth Srinivas, Sarah Denvir and Martin Humphreys
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Over the years, the number of mentally disordered offenders in England and Wales subject to restriction orders has steadily increased. The Home Secretary, through the Mental Health Unit at the Home Office, is responsible for overseeing the treatment of these individuals. As psychiatrists work in partnership with the Mental Health Unit in the treatment of these patients, it is essential to understand the Unit's role and functions. In this article, we describe the philosophy, structure and functions of the Mental Health Unit and its statutory role in the care of mentally disordered offenders subject to restriction orders.

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BJPsych Advances
  • ISSN: 1355-5146
  • EISSN: 1472-1481
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The Home Office Mental Health Unit

  • Jayanth Srinivas, Sarah Denvir and Martin Humphreys
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