ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE

A period of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE occurs when PATIENTS who are for the time being liable to be detained in hospital under Part II of the Mental Health Act 1983, absent themselves from hospital without leave being granted, or absent themselves without permission from any place where they are required to reside in accordance with conditions imposed on granted LEAVE OF ABSENCE, or fail to return to hospital by midnight on the day specified for return from granted LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

The PATIENT will still be liable to be taken into custody until the end of a period of six months beginning from the first day of absence or the end of the period for which the PATIENT is liable to be detained or subject to guardianship, whichever is the later.

The period of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE starts on the day the PATIENTS absent themselves from hospital, or absent themselves from required place of residence or the day following the LEAVE OF ABSENCE planned return date. Where PATIENTS absent themselves for a period less than a day and return on the same day, an occurrence of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE should not be recorded.

PATIENTS who have absented themselves from hospital or care home and fail to return within 28 days from the first day of absence will be discharged from their current HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL or CARE HOME STAY.

The period of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE ends when the PATIENT:

- returns voluntarily
- is taken into custody
- fails to return within six months beginning from the first day of absence or by the end of the period for which they are liable to be detained or subject to guardianship, whichever is the later

This class is also known by these names:

Context Alias
plural ABSENCES WITHOUT LEAVE