Here you’ll find some common jargon used in mental health settings. Needs lots of help to make it useful, so please send your jargon & definitions in. Where there’s a piece of jargon but no definition yet, you’re welcome to send in a definition.
Approved mental health professional (AMHP) – A mental health practitioner who has been trained to perform a pivotal role in assessing and deciding whether there are grounds to detain without their consent a person who is experiencing mental health problems.
Care programme approach …
Clinical psychologist …
Cognitive behavioural therapy …
Forensic: related to crime, criminal investgations and criminals
Mental Capacity Act – Primarily concerned with providing a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the ability to make a particular decision for themselves.
Mental Health Act – Primarily concerned with providing a legal framework to allow people to be detained in hospital against their will for assessment and treatment of mental health problems (also known as sectioning).
Nearest relative – A close relative who the AMHP has identified from a heirarchy defined in the Mental Health Act. the nearest relative has the right to request an assessment for their relative to be detained in hospital and apply for their relative to be discharged from a section which has been obtained.
Patient / service user / client / consumer – here’s an essay by GP Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny) on the use of these terms
PRN medication – Medication which is given when needed or when a specific situation arises.
Psychiatry – The medical speciality focussed on the assessment and treatment of mental disorder.
Responsible clinician (RC) – The approved clincian with overall responsibility for the service user’s care.
Sectioning – Unofficial term for use of the Mental Health Act to detain a person in hospital against their will.
Stigma – The definition I find helpful is “negative assumptions”; and I describe discrimination as acting on those negative assumptions.