Approved clinician – Refresher course – 22nd November 2021

Approved Clinician

Course information

Upcoming Date: 22/11/2021
Upcoming Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £225.00

About the course

Approved Clinician Refresher Course

This is a one-day course suitable for suitably qualified professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses) who already have Approved Clinician status under s12ZA of the Mental Health Act and require a refresher. This course automatically covers Section 12(2) approval, so there is no need for doctors to attend a separate course for Section 12 renewal.

This course is for doctors and other suitable qualified professionals who are Approved Clinicians according s12ZA of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and are seeking reapproval.

Engaging and interactive presentations are delivered by clinical and legal experts in mental health law. The course uses practical exercises, case discussions and legal updates to ensure delegates are fully equipped to take on the roles of Approved Clinicians.


Approved Clinician refresher course programme

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

The course covers:

  • Roles & Responsibilities of Approved Clinicians, including administrative and practical aspects of being an AC
  • Returning to the community and Community Treatment Orders
  • Detention and Liberty
  • 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

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

If you are seeking Approved Clinician status for the first time, please book onto the Approved Clinician introduction course here.

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 requirements for maintaining Approved Clinician status.
  • 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, including greater appreciation of the balance between risk and liberty.

Course Information

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Length & Time
Ortus Event and Learning Centre 82-96 Grove Ln Camberwell London SE5 8SN
1 day

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