Fabio: Well, here we are on a fine day, not a cloud in the sky. The Masked AMHP’s sitting at his desk in the AMHP Office, chewing at the bit to take a referral. It’s a quiet day so far, isn’t it,
but who knows what could be just around the corner? Adrian
Fabio: It looks like the Guardian to me, Adrian –
Fabio: Just look at the skill there! He’s asking pertinent questions at the same time as he’s madly scribbling on his notepad! What a consummate professional!
Fabio: Looks like Quetiapine to me –
Fabio: No-one’s perfect, not even The Masked AMHP!
Adrian: Never a truer word, Fabio, never a truer word. Anyway, she’s refusing that too, and becoming increasingly psychotic!
Fabio: Looks like The Masked AMHP’s going to have to go out on this one, Adrian!
Fabio: That was a bit of luck there.
Fabio: And they’ll never turn down a chance for a quick 170 quid.
Fabio: That’s all well and good, but what about a bed? He’s ringing the bed managers, but he doesn’t look like a happy bunny!
Fabio: Phew! That’s 300 miles away! He won’t get the local ambulance service to transport a patient there!
Fabio: The Masked AMHP’s Trust must have deep pockets,
Fabio: A bit close to the knuckle there,
Fabio: Au contraire,
The Masked AMHP’s legally bound to make an assessment. And don’t call me
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Fabio: But ever the professional, The Masked AMHP’s calmly sitting it out, waiting for the doctors to arrive.
Richard Jones: (For it is he) Of course, we mustn’t jump the gun. An AMHP will always have to consider the least restrictive option before resorting to a formal application under the Mental Health Act. But as a rule of thumb – Section 2 if you don’t know the patient, or there’s been a significant change in presentation requiring a fresh assessment, and Section 3 if the patient is known and the appropriate treatment has been decided. But I’d probably tend to favour a Section 2 if the patient’s in the community, especially in these circumstances. Of course, the new Draft Code –
Fabio: What are the odds on The Masked AMHP getting through the door, do you suppose,
Fabio: There’s Dolores, she’s opened the door – and The Masked AMHP is engaging her in conversation!
Fabio: Amazing bit of footwork from old Masky there.
Fabio: Ever the professional. Oh and look! She’s asked him for his ID and he’s showing her his card!
Fabio: No, it’s just a trick of the light.
Fabio: It’s going smoothly so far, but it could still be an early bath for The Masked AMHP.
Fabio: Don’t get me started,
Fabio: Bit risky that, don’t you think? What if she changes her mind?
Fabio: But couldn’t he have gone with Home Treatment?
Fabio: Masky’s on the phone to the bed managers – and he’s smiling! It can only mean one thing! They’ve used a leave bed and got her into a local hospital.
Fabio: Well, they think it’s all over – it is now!