This paper aims to highlight both the necessity, and the way forward for mental health nursing to integrate proposed legislative roles into practice. Argued is that community mental health nursing, historically absent from active participation within mental health law in the UK, is faced with new and demanding roles under proposed changes to the 1983 Mental Health Act of England and Wales. While supporting multidisciplinary training for such roles, the imperative of incorporating nursing specific values into consequent training programs is addressed through the offered educative framework. This framework explores the issues of power, ethics, legislative thematics and application to contemporary service structures.
Hurley, J & Linsley, P 2007, 'Expanding roles within mental health legislation: an opportunity for professional growth or a missed opportunity?', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 535-541.
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