Following the 2018 Review of the Mental Health Act (MHA) there has been growing acceptance that the MHA requires digitisation. Indeed, it was one of the recommendations of the review itself.
Digitisation however is not as simple as perhaps it first seems. It is possible to replicate the existing paper forms digitally, but does that miss the point?
The debate around digitisation has been happening for some time but the coronavirus pandemic has forced the pace of the discussion to accelerate. Health and social care providers, government agencies and most importantly individuals working in those organisations, are being forced into technological change at a rate never before witnessed in healthcare. The Mental Health Act is not immune from this change.
Where they have led others, including NHS trusts, have followed. The net result is that the Mental Health Act is being digitised. This presents a huge opportunity for care quality improvements, but it also presents risks.
As a values-led organisation, Thalamos is holding in an interactive debate about the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with digitising the Mental Health Act.
Host – André Tomlin @Mental_Elf
Chair – Sally Crowe @sally_crowe
11:00: Event introduction from Sally Crowe and panel introductions.
11:15: Break into working groups to discuss two topics.
11:40: Group comes back together. Working group chairs to feedback to the group.
12:00: Sally Crowe leads a panel response to the outcomes of the working groups.
12:15: Open Q&A.
12:25: Event summation.
12:30: Event ends.
The most important thing for me about a digital MHA is:
The biggest concern for me about a digital MHA is:
Read our roundup of the debate.
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