The Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law which allows a person to be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against their wishes. This is also known as "sectioning".

Enforcement of this Act is on the whole uncommon, with around one in five people who stay in a mental health unit there because they have been compulsorily detained under a section of the Mental Health Act.

Oxleas' compliance with the Mental Health Act is closely monitored by The Care Quality Commission.