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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