What can a Mental Health Act reviewer do for you?

Page last updated: 12 May 2022

Our reviewers make sure that the powers of the Mental Health Act are used properly. Find out more about what a reviewer can do for you.

Mental Health Act reviewers come from a variety of professional backgrounds, from doctors to lawyers, and are independent of the service providing care.

They can visit patients detained in hospital and meet with them in private to find out about their experiences.

Where requested, they can also meet patients who are on a community treatment order.

Reviewers can…

  • Listen to your issues
  • Raise problems with ward managers
  • Help patients write letters or complain
  • Check paperwork
  • Publish reports on wards

Reviewers can't…

  • Discharge patients
  • Arrange patient transfers
  • Offer medical advice
  • Give legal advice
  • Arrange leave for patients

Acting Together visits

Some visits are carried out by a reviewer and a person who uses mental health services. These are known as Acting Together visits. Find out more in Involving people who use services.