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Care Quality Commission

WithRobert Brown

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act in England. It replaced the Mental Health Act Commission in 2009. In Wales the relevant body is the Health Inspectorate for Wales. The CQC also replaced the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. This chapter focuses on its functions under the Mental Health Act. This includes the appointment of second opinion appointed doctors (SOADs) and others to provide certificates for treatment under Sections 57, 58, and 58A and for patients subject to community treatment orders (CTOs). The chapter therefore includes an outline of the consent to treatment provisions found in the act.