Jargon

MentalHealthGB

Social work in mental health – jargon buster

(credit and thanks to  College of Social Work) 

Acute – symptoms or a disorder that develops suddenly.

Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) – specialist (usually a social worker) who undertakes assessments for detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

Best Interest Assessor (BIA) – a specialist trained worker (usually a social worker) who undertakes assessments for the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Care coordinator – a service user’s key contact on the mental health team. Responsible for the care plan.

Chronic – long-term disorder or symptoms.

Dementia – deterioration of brain function.

Formal patient – an inpatient detained under the Mental Health Act.

Informal patient – an inpatient admitted voluntarily.

Independent sector -private care providers.

Responsible clinician – the professional in charge of a patient’s care whilst they are detained…

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