Mental Health Leave of Absence

A Mental Health Leave of Absence is a type of LEAVE.

A Mental Health Leave of Absence only applies to PATIENTS liable to be detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995.

The granting of a Mental Health Leave of Absence within a Mental Health Care Spell can only be authorised by the Mental Health Responsible Clinician for the PATIENT. The granted period of absence from hospital may be indefinite, a specified occasion or for any specified period and be escorted or unescorted. Where leave is granted for a specified period, that period may be extended by further leave granted in absence of the PATIENT. If the period of leave is extended, the current Mental Health Leave of Absence will be ended, and a new one started.

A Mental Health Leave of Absence for a period up to a maximum of 28 days from the Start Date, will not interrupt the Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider), Care Home Stay (Consultant Care), Care Home Stay (Nursing Care) or Care Home Stay (Residential). A Mental Health Leave of Absence for a period greater than 28 days from the start date, will entail the PATIENT being discharged from the current Hospital Provider Spell or Care Home Stay (Nursing Care), or their Care Home Stay (Residential) being ended.

During the Mental Health Leave of Absence, the Mental Health Responsible Clinician continues to be responsible for the organisation and management of the PATIENT's continuing health and social care needs.

If a PATIENT does not return by midnight on the day specified, then the Mental Health Leave of Absence will be ended and a period of Mental Health Absence Without Leave started.

The Mental Health Responsible Clinician should consider Supervised Community Treatment for a PATIENT before granting Mental Health Leave of Absence for any period exceeding seven consecutive days.

Information recorded for each separate period of Mental Health Leave of Absence including an overnight stay includes:

Start Date
End Date   O
LEAVE OF ABSENCE END REASON   O
PLANNED LEAVE RETURN DATE   O (if for a specified period or occasion)
 

This supporting information is also known by these names:
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pluralMental Health Leaves of Absence