Jill Peay: decisions and dilemmas

Working with mental health law

(Hart Publishing, 2003)

Jill Peay: decisions and dilemmas: working with mental health law

In the field of mental health law, we entrust decisions with consequences of the utmost gravity - decisions about compulsory medical treatment and the loss of liberty - to doctors and approved social workers. Yet how do these non-lawyers make decisions where the legitimacy of those decisions derives from law? 

This book examines the practical, ethical and legal terrain of duo-disciplinary decision-making: given identical cases, what dilemmas do psychiatrists and approved social workers encounter; do they reach the same or similar decisions; and, most critically, how are those decisions justified? At a time of ferment in mental health law this book, through its narrative format, aids a better understanding of the dilemmas posed.