Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface


Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study (2019)
Journal Article
Stone, K., Vicary, S., Scott, C., & Buckland, R. (in press). Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study. Ethics and Social Welfare, https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2019.1694694

Seeking ethical approval and conducting research in an ethical manner are necessary components of research with human participants. Using the experiences of four individual studies undertaken separately into the same role, that of the Approved Mental... Read More about Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study.

Treading a tightrope: Professional perspectives on balancing the rights of patient's and relative's under the Mental Health Act in England (2019)
Journal Article
Dixon, J., Stone, K., Wilkinson-Tough, M., & Laing, J. (2020). Treading a tightrope: Professional perspectives on balancing the rights of patient's and relative's under the Mental Health Act in England. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(1), 300-308. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12864

© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Involuntary detention is used internationally to detain and treat people who are deemed to have a mental disorder. In England and Wales, approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) co-ordinate Mental Health Act assessm... Read More about Treading a tightrope: Professional perspectives on balancing the rights of patient's and relative's under the Mental Health Act in England.

Mitigation of Risk (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2019, July). Mitigation of Risk. Paper presented at International Academy of Law and Mental Health

Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) make the final decision as to whether a person should be detained in hospital in England & Wales (UK) under civil mental health legislation. There has been little research to date as to the nature of the... Read More about Mitigation of Risk.

Experiences of Relatives Acting as the ‘Nearest Relative’ Under the Mental Health Act (England & Wales, UK) (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2019, July). Experiences of Relatives Acting as the ‘Nearest Relative’ Under the Mental Health Act (England & Wales, UK). Paper presented at International Academy of Law and Mental Health

Relatives play a key role when a person is detained under the mental health legislation in England and Wales. Despite this importance, their experiences of undertaking this role has been relatively ignored by research. The Nearest Relative function... Read More about Experiences of Relatives Acting as the ‘Nearest Relative’ Under the Mental Health Act (England & Wales, UK).

Experiences of Nearest Relatives: implications for mental health practitioners & law reform (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2019, May). Experiences of Nearest Relatives: implications for mental health practitioners & law reform. Paper presented at AMHP: Reserach informed Practice - Practice Infomed Research

The presentation focuses specifically on the experiences of twenty relatives living in England who have fulfilled the role of Nearest Relative (NR) within the meaning of Section 26 of the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983 (as amended 2007). The NR role i... Read More about Experiences of Nearest Relatives: implications for mental health practitioners & law reform.

Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences (2018)
Journal Article
Stone, K. (2019). Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(2), 86-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-07-2018-0039

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Mental health and learning disability nurses have been eligible to become approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) since 2008, when the Mental Health Act 2007 was implemented. Despite this, there have... Read More about Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences.

The nearest relative (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2018, December). The nearest relative. Paper presented at Yorkshire Approved Mental Health Professionals Association Conference

Conference presentation on Nearest Relative focusd research and policy.

Can the social approach survive mental health legislation (in review or in action?) (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K., & vicary, S. (2018, October). Can the social approach survive mental health legislation (in review or in action?). Paper presented at BASW - Social Approaches in Mental Health Social Work

This paper consider the legal concept of least restrictive practice, its history and application in Approved mental Health Professional Practice

Best interest assessors practice handbook (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2018, September). Best interest assessors practice handbook. Paper presented at Yorkshire & Humber Best Interest Assessors Association

Presentation of Best Interest Assessors Practice Handbook

The use of mental health law by relatives with patients with mental health problems: The case of the Nearest Relative (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K., & Dixon, J. (2018, July). The use of mental health law by relatives with patients with mental health problems: The case of the Nearest Relative. Paper presented at XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

The concept of ‘family burden’ has been used by sociologists to explore the emotional strains and economic difficulties experienced by the families of psychiatric patients. Through drawing on published research, this paper considers the way in which... Read More about The use of mental health law by relatives with patients with mental health problems: The case of the Nearest Relative.

The views of approved mental health professionals to the nearest relative role in England (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K., & Laing, J. (2018, June). The views of approved mental health professionals to the nearest relative role in England. Paper presented at UK Mental Disability Law Conference

Involuntary detention for people with a mental disorder is widely used across Europe. Although relatives have a right to be informed of detention in 12 European countries, their role in the process remains under-researched. This paper focusses on t... Read More about The views of approved mental health professionals to the nearest relative role in England.

Demystifying practitioner led research (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K., & Vicary, S. (2018, June). Demystifying practitioner led research. Paper presented at AMHP Leads Conference

Paper explored the importance of practitioner led research, and the current policy context for AMHP research.

Approved Mental Health Professionals and Detention: An Exploration of Professional Differences and Simularities (2018)
Journal Article
Stone, K. (2019). Approved Mental Health Professionals and Detention: An Exploration of Professional Differences and Simularities. Practice, 31(2), 83-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2018.1445709

© 2018, © 2018 British Association of Social Workers. The enactment of the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2007 introduced the role of the multidisciplinary Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) in England and Wales by amending The MHA 1983. The role ca... Read More about Approved Mental Health Professionals and Detention: An Exploration of Professional Differences and Simularities.

The nearest relative in the Mental Health Act 2007: still an illusionary and inconsistent safeguard? (2018)
Journal Article
Laing, J., Dixon, J., Stone, K., & Wilkinson-Tough, M. (2018). The nearest relative in the Mental Health Act 2007: still an illusionary and inconsistent safeguard?. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 40(1), 37-56. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2018.1414366

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The role of nearest relative (NR) is intended as a safeguard in the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007) to curb the excesses of professional discretion and protect patients from... Read More about The nearest relative in the Mental Health Act 2007: still an illusionary and inconsistent safeguard?.

Approved mental health professionals researching their own profession, the benefits, pitfalls and limitations (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Stone, K. (2017, July). Approved mental health professionals researching their own profession, the benefits, pitfalls and limitations. Paper presented at XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health

This paper considers a research study into the widening of the AMHP role to other professionals and the challenge for the researchers own reflexivity. It will focus on the strengths and limitations of practitioner research including the difficulties... Read More about Approved mental health professionals researching their own profession, the benefits, pitfalls and limitations.