Approved clinician – Introductory course – 25th/26th May 2021 – Digital course

Approved Clinician

Course information

Upcoming Date: 25/05/2021
Upcoming Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Length: 2 Days
Cost: £375.00

About the course

Introductory Approved Clinician Course

This a two-day course suitable for anyone who is applying to become an Approved Clinician under s12ZA(5) Mental Health Act 1983, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses who have undergone the appropriate training. It aims to enhance the knowledge-base and clinical skills of clinicians applying to become Approved Clinicians according s12ZA of the Mental Health Act 1983. Delegates are provided with the opportunity to discuss their competencies and areas of weakness, as well as an opportunity to reflect on medico-legal challenges.

This is an on-line blended learning course which combines eLearning modules with live interactive sessions. The eLearning modules are sent in advance and must be completed by the afternoon of the first day of the course. The live interactive sessions are delivered in the afternoon of day 1 and the morning of day 2. The sessions are led by clinical and legal experts in mental health law, as well as AMHPs, service users, carers and specialists in Child and Adolescent and Forensic Mental Health. The course uses interactive quizzes, case discussions, talks, small-group break-out sessions and legal updates to ensure delegates are fully equipped to take on the roles of Approved Clinicians.

The course covers:

  • Roles & Responsibilities of Approved Clinicians, including practical aspects of becoming AC approved
  • Detention and Liberty
  • Returning to the community and Community Treatment Orders
  • Appeals/hearing procedures
  • Service user and carer experience, and advocates
  • Legal Updates
  • Interface with the Criminal Justice System
  • Mental Health law in specialist areas
  • Medico-legal case discussion and clinical vignettes

Introductory Approved Clinician course programme

For doctors who are already s12 approved, this course automatically covers Section 12(2) renewal, so there is no need to attend a separate course.

Please note that this course is just part of the AC approval process. The approval process varies according to your location – please use the following links for more information:

If you are seeking Section 12 approval for the first time, or to refresh your Section 12 approval, please book onto one of our Section 12 courses here.

If you are seeking to refresh your Approved Clinician status, please book onto the Approved Clinician courses here.

This course is suitable for:

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nurses who have undergone the appropriate training to be an approved clinician and who are applying to one of the four approval panels in England for Approved Clinician status for the first time.

Course applicants from South London & Maudsley NHS Trust should contact to book their place.






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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • understanding of the Approved Clinician approvals process and the requirements for maintaining approval.
  • improved understanding of the role of Approved Clinician and how it differs from that of a Section 12 Doctor.
  • improved understanding of commonly used compulsory orders and a basic understanding of the use of compulsory orders in specialised areas.
  • understanding of the tribunal process including the provision of written & verbal evidence.
  • an improved understanding of the interface between the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation, with up to date understanding of current relevant case law.
  • an enhanced awareness of the impact of compulsory orders on service users and carers and an enhanced appreciation of the balance between risk and liberty.

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Nurse associate, Occupational therapist, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – psychiatry

Length & Time
This course will be taking place online.
1 day
This course will be taking place online.
1 day

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