The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. The purpose of the review is to understand the reasons for:

•rising rates of detention under the Act
•the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act
•processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system

The review will seek the views of service users, carers, relevant professionals, and affected organisations in producing recommendations. It will produce a report with recommendations for change in autumn 2018.

The review will set up a number of groups to help shape its recommendations. These groups will be made up of service users, carers and stakeholders.

The advisory panel will bring together stakeholders with an interest in the Mental Health Act and its application. For more information about the advisory panel, please see website.