pdf Absent Without Leave (AWOL) Policy & Procedure (672 KB)

pdf Policy on a Page - AWOL (339 KB)

When a patient subject to the Mental Health Act is absent without leave or an informal patient is missing

This policy describes the procedure to be followed when a patient subject to the Mental Health Act (MHA) is absent without leave or an informal patient is missing. This includes managing, reporting, monitoring and reviewing incidents. The aim of this policy is to ensure the safety of patients and improve joint working between Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Sussex Partnership) and Sussex Police.

The policy covers all Sussex Partnership services and applies to all in-patient, both detained under the MHA and informal, as well as patients subject to Guardianship and Supervised Community Treatment.

If you would like to see the Equality & Human Rights Impact Analysis (EHRIA), please click on the link.

pdf EHRIA - Absent Without Leave (423 KB)