Guidance: Electronic communication of statutory forms under the Mental Health Act

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Department Of Health

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An amendment to Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) Regulations 2008 allows many of the statutory forms under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) to be communicated electronically.

This guidance explains:

  • the circumstances in which statutory forms and other documents can be sent electronically
  • best practice for sending them electronically
  • general principles around sending, signing and storing electronic forms
Published 27 November 2020
Last updated 13 January 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated ‘Guidance on the electronic communication of statutory forms under the Mental Health Act’ to add ‘Annex A: further advice on possible scenarios’.

  2. First published.


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