A brief guide to S.136 for Emergency Departments

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has today published ‘A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Department’. This coincides with the introduction of changes to the Mental Health Act today.


  • Summary of recommendations
  • Changes to the MHA Dec 2017
  • General Principles
  • Police responsibility to stay in ED
  • S.136 Pre-hospital flowchart
  • S.136 Emergency department flowchart
  • S.136 Red flag criteria

Members can access this document in the ‘Knowledge Base’ within the Members Area