Visa refusal following compulsory hospital admission under the Mental Health Act 1983 (England and Wales): fact or fiction?

ASHMORE, Russell (2015). Visa refusal following compulsory hospital admission under the Mental Health Act 1983 (England and Wales): fact or fiction? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22 (6), 390-396.

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Abstract

This study sought to establish whether a history of compulsory hospital admission prevented a person from obtaining a tourist visa. A visa application form and/or other relevant information were obtained for 262 travel destinations visited by British citizens. Ninety-six (36.6%) destinations require British citizens to obtain a tourist visa. All visas are issued subject to travellers meeting a number of conditions, for example being in possession of travel insurance. Six (2.3%)destinations (Australia, China, Guam, Puerto Rico, Russia and the USA) ask applicants to declare a mental health condition. None of these destinations require applicants to disclose whether they have been admitted to hospital, either informal or under a section of the Mental Health Act 1983. However, the possibility exists that anyone declaring a mental health problem may be asked to provide further information about their condition before a visa is granted. Mental health professionals need to acquire accurate knowledge of the potential consequences of compulsory hospital admission. This will enable them to support service users more effectively. Similarly, service users need to be aware of the implications of detention for their social life following discharge from hospital. Further research is required in this area, particularly from an international perspective.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/jpm.12233
Depositing User: Russell Ashmore
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 10:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10838

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