Maudsley masterclass

Section 12 introductory course – 27/28th July

Section 12

Course information

Upcoming Date: 27/07/2020
Upcoming Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Length: 2 Days
Cost: £375.00

About the course

Section 12 introduction course

This is a two-day course suitable for doctors (psychiatrists, GPs and forensic medical examiners) who are applying for Section 12 (2) approval.

This course is for doctors (psychiatrists, GPs and forensic medical examiners) who are applying for Section 12 (2) approval for the first time. At the end of this two-day course, medical practitioners will have sufficient knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), the MHA Code of Practice and other relevant legislation (including the Mental Capacity Act) to enable them to make medical recommendations in support of an application for detention under Part 2 of the MHA.

Engaging and interactive presentations are delivered by service users, carers, approved mental health professionals as well as 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 section 12 approved doctors.

The course covers:

  • Criteria for Detention under the MHA
  • Mental Health Law: The Legal Framework
  • Roles & Responsibilities of s12 Doctors
  • Role of the AMHP in the MHA Assessment
  • Mental Health Act Documentation


Section 12 introduction programme

Please note that this course is just part of the s12 approval process. The approval process varies according to your location – please use the following links for more information:

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

If you are seeking to refresh your Section 12 status, please book onto the Section 12 refresher course here.

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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • understand the provisions contained in Part 2 MHA relevant to the initial detention of a patient under s 2, 3 and 4.
  • describe the role of a s12 (2) doctor and others when undertaking MHA assessment.
  • understand the meaning of, and refer to, the criteria for detention under part 2.
  • describe the guidance contained in the Code of Practice relevant to the role and responsibilities of a s12 (2) doctor when undertaking a MHA assessment.
  • use knowledge of the impact that an assessment may have on patients and their carers to inform the approach to an assessment.
  • complete the statutory forms lawfully.

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Clinical support worker, Consultant – non-psychiatry any, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GP, GPVTS, Occupational therapist, RMN, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Length & Time
Ortus Event and Learning Centre
82-96 Grove Ln
1 day
Ortus Event and Learning Centre
82-96 Grove Ln
1 Day

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