September 2022 update


  • Magic Book. The Magic Book is a database of contact details. The main idea is to add the hospitals and other places you visit (not just your own place of work). To create/edit contacts, there is no need to log in and the process is very quick and simple. See Magic Book

  • Mental Health Law Online CPD scheme: 12 points for £60. Obtain 12 CPD points online by answering monthly questionnaires. The scheme is an ideal way to obtain your necessary hours, or to evidence your continued competence. It also helps to support the continued development of this website, and your subscriptions (and re-subscriptions) are appreciated. For full details and to subscribe, see CPD scheme.

  • Cases. By the end of this month, Mental Health Law Online contained 2248 categorised cases

  • Chronology. See September 2022 chronology for this month’s changes to the website in date order.


  • LPA practice note. Law Society, ‘Practice note: Lasting Powers of Attorney’ (17/8/22) — “The practice note provides an overview of LPAs and also covers the ongoing arrangements for enduring powers of attorney (EPA).”

  • Law Society MHT practice note. Law Society, ‘Practice note: Representation before mental health tribunals’ (31/8/22) — This practice note contains information under the following headings: (1) Introduction; (2) The right to legal advice and representation before the tribunal; (3) Communication with the client; (4) Taking instructions; (5) Your duties towards your client; (6) Representing children and young people before the tribunal; (7) Good tribunal practice; (8) More information. A tracked changes version is available on MHLO showing the changes since the 12/12/19 version. The main changes and additional information relate to: capacity to make an application; CAMHS; medical records; PHEs in Wales; welfare deputy and withdrawal; updated links.

  • MAPPA guidance. HMPPS, ‘MAPPA Guidance’ (dated May 2022, published 1/9/22) — “This Guidance on MAPPA has been issued by the Secretary of State for Justice under the CJA 2003 in order to help the relevant agencies in dealing with MAPPA offenders. These agencies are required to have regard to the Guidance (so they need to demonstrate and record their reasons if they depart from it).”