This article describes the background to the introduction of supervised community treatment (SCT) in the 2007 amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 for England and Wales. The evidence base for the use of SCT in the UK and in other countries to date is considered, and guidance from the literature regarding the decision to impose it is reviewed. Early local experience of SCT is described, in part through a number of fictitious vignettes. Finally, we present a set of guidelines which may be used by clinicians when considering SCT.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/apt.bp.109.007203

Type

Journal article

Journal

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Publication Date

01/07/2010

Volume

16

Pages

253 - 259