Becoming a named person for someone detained in hospital

Last updated: 30 January 2018

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.