The aim of this guide is to support the GP who assesses a patient with a mental illness and decides they may require an involuntary admission to hospital. We wish to highlight the common clerical and other errors in filling out Form 5 which invalidate the process. For the purposes of this guide, we presume the applicant is a family member and the recommendation to admit the patient is in his or her best interests.
Updated December 2011
Avoiding pitfalls in filling in form 5 of the Mental Health Act 2001