At our #DigitalMHA live debate in collaboration with @Mental_Elf  back in the summer, we discussed the opportunities and threats of digitising the Mental Health Act (MHA). Here are the highlights of our panel and participant discussion on the opportunities of digitisation. Watch out for more videos coming soon.

 

For the discussion an experienced panel and a select group of mental healthcare professionals including AMHPs, psychiatrists and nurses got together with service users and those with lived experience over Zoom to discuss and debate digitising the Mental Health Act.

Following the 2018 review of the Mental Health Act, there has been growing acceptance that the act 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?

Digitisation presents a huge opportunity for care quality improvements, but it also presents risks. As a values-led organisation and due to the acceleration in digital as a result of COVID-19, Thalamos wanted to hold an interactive debate about the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with digitising the MHA.

The topic sparked a vocal, but healthy debate. It was great to have so many people participate and also to hear so many points of view.

Read a round up of the whole debate