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Mental Health Act Annual Report 2009/10

Welcome to our online annual report into the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) during our first year of operation – from April 2009 to March this year.


In this section of our website, you can read our findings about the use of the Act, the areas where we believe improvement is needed and how we recommend this is achieved.

You can also find out more about the work our staff carry out to monitor the care mental health patients receive and what life is like for people subject to the Act.

16,000 people are detained under the Mental Health Act at any one time, with 15,000 of these in hospital.Our role

Since April 2009, CQC has been responsible for monitoring the use of the MHA in relation to those patients detained in hospital, subject to guardianship or placed on a community treatment order.

We inherited this responsibility from our predecessor organisation the Mental Health Act Commission, which published biennial reports on its monitoring work.

We will be publishing these reports every year using the findings of our MHA Commissioners, who visit wards and meet with patients to ensure that the Act’s powers are being used correctly.

We also use information from second opinion appointed doctors (SOADs) who visit wards to ensure prescribed treatment is appropriate.

Watch our videos

Video iconWe have filmed videos with our chair, Jo Williams, and two people whose rights are restricted under the Act. Mark is a member of our service user reference panel who is detained in hospital, while Charlotte is subject to a community treatment order (CTO).

Download the report

Read the documentAs well as the report itself, we have produced an overview which summarises the findings and recommendations of the full document. We have also made the report available in easy read, large print and audio formats.