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Document What is meant by ‘the whole or substantially the whole of their time’ when deciding if Mental Health Officer status is applicable?

The whole or substantially the whole of their time is not specifically defined in our regulations. There is no hard and fast percentage figure. We take into account various factors as well as the time spent in the care and treatment of patients suffering from mental or physical disorders. Other factors considered are the types of duties being performed, whether they are likely to cause stress and strain and how many patients there are in relation to the staff at any one time.

You can find confirmation of this on the Mental Health Officer (MHO) factsheet on our website.

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