Purpose – decisions must be taken that they minimise the undesirably consequences of mental disorder, by maximising the safety of patients, protecting other people from harm by them and promoting the recovery of patients.
Least restriction – whatever action is taken without the consent of patients must restrict their liberty to the least degree necessary to achieve their purpose
Respect – recognising the diverse circumstances and needs of patients, not discriminating against them and taking their views and feelings into account when making decisions affecting them
Participation – involving patients as far as possible in planning, implementing and reviewing their own treatment and taking due account also of the views of their carers, family members and other people concerned about their wellbeing
Effectiveness, efficient and equity – using the resources available in the most effective, efficient and equitable fashion, so as to meet patients’ needs and achieve the intended purpose.
Making applications for people to receive treatment or be made subject to mental health legislation
Assessing the extent to which applications are necessary
Informing the closest relatives of patients – AMHPs are required to find out the
Providing reports on patients’ social circumstances
Preparing reports for Tribunals
Providing reports for the after-care of patients.