If someone you care about becomes unwell they may need to be detained in hospital (also known as 'sectioned') under the Mental Health Act.
If this happens, they can nominate a 'named person' to make decisions for them if they're unable to.
A named person has the right:
- to be consulted when certain things happen
- to be told about a change of circumstance
- to get copies of certain records or information
- to make applications or appeals to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland
- to give permission for two medical examinations to take place at the same time
- to ask for the ill person's needs to be assessed
Visit the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland website for more information on what happens if you become a named person.