Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) - Key Words
Some information in this section is quite complicated. This section gives an explanation of some of the phrases and words that we use:
- Approved mental health professional (AMHP): An AMHP is part of social services. They have a good understanding of mental illness and knowledge of mental health legislation. An AMHP could be a social worker, nurse or therapist. They can help to decide if you should be detained under the Mental Health Act. The role of the AMHP is to give a non-medical opinion when detention is being considered. Even if they have a medical background.
- Responsible Clinician (RC): The RC is the professional who has overall responsibility for your care and treatment. Usually the responsible clinician will be a psychiatrist. The RC can also be a nurse, psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist.
- Section 2 (s2) of the Mental Health Act: S2 means that you can be admitted to hospital for an assessment of your mental health. You can also get treatment. S2 lasts up to 28 days and can not be renewed. If you need to stay in hospital after 28 days you will be transferred to a section 3.
- Section 3 (s3) of the Mental Health Act: S3 means that you can be admitted to hospital for treatment. It lasts up to 6 months, but can be renewed.
- Section 37 (s37) of the Mental Health Act: The criminal courts can use section 37 if they think you should be in hospital instead of prison.
You must need treatment in hospital. This must be the best thing for your health or safety or to protect other people.
- Second Opinion Appointed Doctor (SOAD): A Second Opinion Appointed Doctor (SOAD) is a doctor who protects your rights if you are refusing treatment, or cannot consent, while you are under a CTO. The SOAD is asked to decide if the treatment you are refusing is clinically correct. The SOAD will decide which treatment to approve if you are recalled back to hospital under a CTO.
Need practical advice & info? We can help.
Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays