Who is able to carry out an Emergency Detention of a patient?

Using the Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2003:

In order to carry out an Emergency detention of a patient is FY2 the most junior position that is able to do this (in conjunction with a mental health officer)? i.e. could a FY1 detain someone?

Authored By Lesley Megahy on Wednesday 15th May 2013


Vicky Pyne
Medical Student - Bristol
Posted over 7 years ago

Certification can only be done by a "fully registered doctor". As an FY1 you are 'pre-registration' (we used to be called PRHOs - pre-registration house officers) and thus can't detain someone.