Once you have been on a community treatment order for more than a month, some special rules about medicine and drug treatment apply.
If you are being given medicine or drug treatment for your mental disorder and it is more than three months since you were first given this kind of treatment while you were in hospital or on a community treatment order, a CTO Treatment Certificate will be required. There are two different CTO Treatment Certificates. If you have capacity to consent to the treatment and do so, form CTO12 should be completed. The form CTO12 certificate will generally be completed by the doctor responsible for your treatment in the community.
If this is not the case you will be asked to allow an independent doctor (who is not from the hospital treating you) to examine you.
This independent doctor is called a SOAD (Second Opinion Appointed Doctor) and is appointed by an independent Commission which monitors how the Mental Health Act is used.
This doctor will check the treatment is right for you, and will talk to you before deciding what treatment you should continue to have.
You can only be given medicine or drug treatment that this independent doctor has said is right for you, unless it is an emergency.
You will be told when and where the independent doctor wants to examine you. Seeing the independent doctor is one of the conditions of a community treatment order. If you do not see the independent doctor at the time and place you are told, your responsible clinician may have to recall you to hospital to see the independent doctor.
There are different rules for some special treatments, like electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). If the people treating you think you need one of these special treatments, the rules will be explained to you.