Section 12 introductory course
This is a two-day online course suitable for doctors (psychiatrists, GPs, and forensic medical examiners) who are applying for Section 12 (2) approval. Specifically, it’s designed for those who are applying for the first time.
If you are seeking to refresh your Section 12 status, please book the Section 12 refresher course here. If you are seeking Approved Clinician status for the first time, or to refresh your Approved Clinician status, please book one of our Approved Clinician courses here.
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.
This is an online blended learning course that combines eLearning modules with live interactive sessions. The eLearning modules are sent in advance and should be completed by end of the first day of the course. The live interactive sessions are delivered on the second day. 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 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 role of Section 12 doctors.
Please note that this course is just part of the section12 approval process. If you're looking to renew, book on to our Section 12 refresher course instead.
Comprehend the provisions outlined in Part 2 of the Mental Health Act (MHA) that pertain to the initial detention of a patient under sections 2, 3, and 4.
Articulate the role of a Section 12 (2) doctor and other relevant personnel in conducting Mental Health Act assessments.
Demonstrate an understanding of the criteria for detention under Part 2 of the MHA.
Explain the guidance provided in the Code of Practice concerning the role and responsibilities of a Section 12 (2) doctor during a Mental Health Act assessment.
Apply knowledge of the potential impact of assessments on patients and their caregivers to shape the approach to an assessment.
Effectively complete statutory forms in accordance with legal requirements.
The course covers:
- Criteria for Detention under the MHA
- Human Rights and the experience of detention for patients and carers
- Mental Health Law: The Legal Framework
- Roles & Responsibilities of s12 Doctors
- Role of the AMHP in the MHA Assessment
- Mental Health Act Documentation
Pre-course quiz, intro, modules 1-10, post-course quiz
09:00 - 10:00
MHA essentials- live MCQ, Q&A
10:00 – 11:00
Role of AMHP, nearest relative Q&A
AMHP and MHT
11:00 – 11:15
11:15 – 11:45
Service user perspective Q&A
11:45 – 12:30
Medico-legal and forensic issues Q&A
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Case law update and legal considerations
14:30 – 15:00
Nearest relative and carer perspective
15:00 – 15:15
15:15 – 16:15
Children and young people- case examples and Q&A
16:15 – 17:00
Becoming S12 approved Q&A, final evaluation, and feedback
Learn from the experts
At Maudsley Learning, you’ll be taught by our expert team of mental health professionals and practitioners. This course is led by Dr. Penny Brown, a consultant forensic psychiatrist and clinical research fellow. As a former Associate Medical Director of Mental Health Law and the course lead for s12 and Approved Clinician training since 2019, she has a wealth of experience in this area. She is joined by service users, carers, mental health lawyers, AMHPs, and other clinical specialists who share a passion for improving the understanding and implementation of mental health laws in clinical practice.
If you’ve not dealt extensively with the Mental Health Act (MHA) before, then this course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the topic. Not only is this course mandatory when applying for s12 approval, but it will also help you to consider the perspective of the patient and to feel more confident when applying the law and providing suitable recommendations regarding detention.
Discounted rates are available for group bookings. Please contact us for more information. Maudsley Learning has a full range of courses to meet the needs of your organisation. Most can be delivered to you flexibly and tailored to your requirements.
We are able to offer custom-made programs, whether digital or face to face, to meet the education and training needs of your organisation in the UK or internationally.
We value research and knowledge-sharing and will continue to contribute to the literature base on mental health education, addressing important research questions in this exciting field.
How do I get Section 12 (S12) approved?
Typically, doctors must attend a two-day validated course (this course would count towards S12 approval and all participants will receive a completion certificate after attending both course days), complete an application form, submit evidence and provide a CV, photo and course certificate. However, the process varies according to your location – please use the following links for more information:
- London – please email email@example.com
- South of England – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- North of England – please email email@example.com
- Midlands and East of England – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does Section 12 (S12) approval mean?
Section 12 approval means a doctor can recommend compulsory admission for assessment or treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983. Where the MHA requires two doctors to make a recommendation, at least one must be Section 12 approved.
There are four regional Approved Clinician and Section 12 Approval Panels. These are
- England South
- North of England
- Midlands and East of England
London Approvals Panel Mental Health Unit Northwick Park Hospital Watford Road
Harrow HA1 3UJ
Telephone: 0208 869 3515
Fax: 0208 869 3516
Approvals Lead: Denista Wincey Email: email@example.com
Panel Chair: Dr Masum Khwaja
Deputy Chair: Dr Anna Higgitt
S12/AC Administrators: Philip Thompson, Asmita Soni
Barking & Havering Barnet
Bexley & Greenwich Brent & Harrow Bromley (Kent) Camden & Islington Croydon
Ealing, Hammersmith & Hounslow East London & the City
Enfield & Haringey Hillingdon
Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Kingston & Richmond
Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth Newham
Redbridge & Waltham Forest
Winterhead Ltd. England South Approvals Panel S12/AC Office
Nerissa Millett Sam Bolton
Head of Business: Hilary Eagles
Approvals Manager: TBC
Panel Chair: Dr. Hasanen Al-Taiar
South Central: Berkshire Buckinghamshire Hampshire
Isle of Wight Oxfordshire
South East Coast: Kent (except Bromley) Surrey
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Devon
Dorset Gloucestershire Somerset Wiltshire
Midlands & East of England
Midlands & East of England Approvals Panel, Section 12(2) Approvals Office Midlands and East of England Approvals Woodfield House, Tickhill Road Site, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 8QN
Telephone: Tel: 03000 211699 (11699) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Approvals Manager: Neena Abraham Email: email@example.com
Panel Chair: Dr. David Goodhead
Panel Coordinator: Elizabeth Morgan
Arlene Shepherd Nicola Murray
East of England Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Essex Hertfordshire Norfolk
Derbyshire Leicestershire Lincolnshire Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Rutland
West Midlands Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands Worcestershire
North of England
North of England Approvals Panel
West Park Hospital Edward Pease Way
Darlington Co Durham
Website: www.tewv.nhs.uk - search for NEAP
Approvals Manager: Allison Mosley
Panel Chair: Dr Gill Bell
Panel Vice Chairs: Dr Mischa Mockett (North West)
Jan McAdams (Yorkshire)
Approvals Coordinators: Nicola Churchward Paula Hodgman
Jayne Wall Marjorie Wilson
East Riding of Yorkshire South Yorkshire
County Durham Northumberland
Tyne and Wear
North West: Cheshire Cumbria
Greater Manchester Lancashire Merseyside