‘The Coronavirus Act 2020 makes temporary amendments to the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986. The Act relaxes some of the requirements of the Order in a time of emergency, to ensure that persons can still be compulsorily admitted and detained for treatment in hospital for the mental health care and support they need during a pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced.
The Department has made a Code of Practice for the amendments which provides practical guidance on how they operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.
The Code of Practice and Emergency Forms can be downloaded below.