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Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales; now and then

Brought to you by the Social Work History Network @SocWkHistory

This webinar will explore aspects of the history of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales and the major developments that have occurred subsequently.

There will be presentations on the 'section' forms, a short film of people who have undertaken different social work roles under the Act, and a presentation from an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) who has been subject to the Act.

The presenters

Dr Kev Stone is an Associate Professor and Lead Social Worker at the University of Plymouth. He is a practicing AMHP, qualified BIA and was a university AMHP programme leader. His research interests include the changing landscape of the mental health workforce and the socio-legal effectiveness of mental health legislation. Kev delivers CPD education and has published widely in these areas, notably the AMHP and BIA Practice Handbooks.

Dr Sarah Vicary is Associate Head of School Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, The Open University. Sarah is a qualified, registered social worker. Before entering academia she worked primarily in mental health services as a frontline social worker, Approved Social Worker and manager of a Mental health Crisis Service. Sarah was also a Mental Health Act Commissioner. Her research interests lie in statutory mental health roles and she is widely published in this field, including the AMHP handbook. Sarah coordinates the Social Work History Network and edits it Bulletin.

Jill Manthorpe is Professor of Social Work at King's College London. With colleagues she has recently completed a study of Section 12 Doctors, and previously explored why professional choose to take up the AMHP role. She has interest in mental capacity, Care Act and safeguarding practice. Jill is an Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research, theme lead for social care under the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London, and Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce.

Frank Keating is Professor of Social Work and Mental Health at Royal Holloway University of London. He recently completed a study exploring what mental health  recovery means for African and Caribbean men. His main interest is to advocate for racial equality in mental health through his teaching writing and public speaking and is widely published in this field.  

Dr Colin King is a mental health practitioner, commissioner, teacher and black survivor research activist. He has written extensively about his experiences of detention under the Mental Health Act.