Approved clinician Introductory course - 05/12/2022

Course information
This course will take place online and provide access to eLearning platform
Length and time
2 days
£0.00 - £375.00
Course information
This course will take place online and provide access to eLearning platform
Length and time
2 days
£0.00 - £375.00
About the course

This is a two-day, online blended learning course for anyone who is applying to become an Approved Clinician* including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses.

The course uses interactive quizes, 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.

Day 1

09:00 -16:00

Self-directed e learning which includes Pre-course quiz, modules 1-10 and post-course quiz.

Day 2

09:00 -16:00

Interactive Webinars

The course covers:

  • Roles and 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

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.

Learning objectives
better understanding of the Approved Clinician approvals process and the requirements for maintaining approval. the Approved Clinician's role and how it differs from that of a Section 12 Doctor. commonly used compulsory orders and the use of compulsory orders in specialised areas.

the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation, with up to date understanding of current relevant case law.

the tribunal process including the provision of written & verbal evidence the impact of compulsory orders on service users and carers and an enhanced appreciation of the balance between risk and liberty.

The approved clinician approvals process

Please note that this course is just part of the AC approval process, which varies according to your location. Please contact your regional approvals panel for more information. Please see below

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.

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.

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

* an Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act 1983 section 12ZA (5)

Course schedule

Target audience
Allied health professional, Clinical support worker, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Nurse associate, Occupational therapist, RGN, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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