Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS

Medium Secure Unit

Medium Secure Units, also known as MSUs, provide hospital care for people with complex mental health problems who may have become involved in the criminal justive system.

Mental Health Act 2007 (MHA)

The legal framework governing the treatment of people with mental illness in England and Wales.

Mental Health Tribunal

An independent organisation with responsibility for hearing appeals by patients who wish to be discharged from a section of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).


The independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts.

Multi-disciplinary team

A team of health and social care staff. It includes professionals such as nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists and benefits workers. It can also include service users and non-professionals in certain jobs.

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