Luke Sheridan Rains

Research Fellow, Mental Health Policy Research Unit University College London

Luke Sheridan Rains

Patterns of involuntary admissions

More information coming soon…


I am a Research Fellow in the Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU), Division of Psychiatry, University College London. The MHPRU works closely with the Department of Health and Social Policy, NHS England, and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) on a portfolio of projects related to nationwide policy-making for mental health services in England. Our aim is to make expert opinion and evidence regarding the current state of the art available to policymakers in a time efficient manner.

In 2017-2018 the MHPRU contributed evidence to the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales, commissioned by the United Kingdom government. This evidence covered a range a topics, including: international variations in both the rates of involuntary hospitalization and the legislative frameworks regulating hospitalization; the social and clinical predictors of involuntary hospitalization; and what are the likely factors contributing to the rise in involuntary hospitalization in England. I will be presenting the results of some of that work.