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Community Treatment Order


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(CTO)

An order made under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007) in respect of a patient who has been detained for treatment, which discharges the patient subject to certain conditions. The conditions will be those deemed necessary (i) to ensure that the patient receives medical treatment; (ii) to prevent the risk of harm to the patient's health or safety; and (iii) to protect other persons (s 17A). The order is made by the patient's responsible clinician with the support of an approved mental health professional. All CTO patients - so-called community patients - are required to make themselves available for medical examination and can be recalled to hospital by notice in writing (exercisable immediately).

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