Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) - Following conditions
What happens if I do not follow the conditions?
Your responsible clinician can bring you back to hospital if you do not follow the conditions of your community treatment order (CTO). Going back to hospital is known as being recalled. Doctors will not recall you as a punishment.
If you do not follow your conditions the first step won’t be to recall you. Your care coordinator should check your care plan. They should make sure you have enough support to continue your treatment in the community. Your responsible clinician can change your conditions if they do not meet your needs.
My carer is worried about me. Can they speak to my responsible clinician?
If your health is getting worse, your carer can tell your responsible clinician. The responsible clinician should take your family’s worries seriously and act on them.
Kevin is detained in hospital under section 3 of the Mental Health Act. He wants to leave hospital and asks for a Mental Health Tribunal (MHT).
The MHT decide that Kevin can leave hospital but has to go onto a community treatment order (CTO). He meets with his responsible clinician (RC) and they decide what the conditions of his CTO should be. Kevin and his RC agree that he will take his medication every day and keep appointments with his care coordinator. The AMHP agrees with the conditions.
Kevin stops taking his medication and misses 4 appointments with his care coordinator. The RC and AMHP decide that Kevin can stay on his CTO but they will change his condition. He needs to have his medication as an injection every month and not tablets every day.
Kevin agrees to follow the new condiion. The RC makes the change to his CTO.
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