The interface between community treatment orders and the MCA has yet to feature in reported judgments of the Court of Protection. However, a number of our team have been involved in the interface with those on leave under section 17 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The eagerly anticipated results of the Oxford study, which tested whether CTOs reduce hospital admissions compared with the use of section 17 leave, was published in the Lancet on 26 March 2013. Its conclusion will no doubt be hugely significant:

"In well-coordinated mental health services the imposition of compulsory supervision does not reduce the rate of readmission of psychotic patients. We found no support in terms of any reduction in overall hospital admission to justify the significant curtailment of patients‟ personal liberty."