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Abscond and Treatment Refusal course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCEM, NHS Health Education England

This session provides worked examples of cases where patients have refused treatment or threatened to leave the hospital. It considers what action can be taken by healthcare professionals to treat such patients safely and within the law. It covers the assessment of capacity and the treatment of patients under the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise the principles behind informed consent to medical treatment and decision-making capacity
  • Identify personal and environmental factors which may affect people's willingness to stay or accept treatment
  • Describe approaches which help minimise the need for coercion or forcible treatment
  • Explain the legal frameworks available when it appears to be necessary to offer treatment, despite objections
  • Explain the legal frameworks available when it appears necessary to prevent somebody leaving hospital

Instructors / Speakers
Samuel Kirkwood,
ST6 psychiatry trainee

Samuel Kirkwood is an ST6 psychiatry trainee working in Devon. He has recently completed a year working as part of a busy psychiatric liaison team in a general hospital and is currently working in a Community Mental Health Team providing outpatient services to adults of working age. He has an interest in medical education as well as quality improvement work and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Cardiff University.

Alex Thompson,
Abscond and Treatment Refusal course for Medical Doctors
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Mental Health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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