Section 12 refresher course

3.8 (4 reviews)
Course information
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
Course information
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
About the Section 12 refresher course

This one-day course is for doctors, psychiatrists, GPs and forensic medical examiners seeking MHA Section 12(2)* re-approval. It is only open to professionals who are already section 12 approved.

At the end of the Section 12 refresher course, you will have sufficient knowledge of the law (the Mental Health Act 1983, the MHA Code of Practice, the Mental Capacity Act and more). This will enable you to make medical recommendations in support of an application for detention, under Part 2 of the MHA.

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 section 12 approved doctors.

*Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983 Section 12

Course programme

Please download the full Section 12 refresher programme.

Please note that this course is just part of the section 12 approval process, which 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.

If you are seeking Section 12 status for the first time, please book onto the Section 12 introduction course.

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

Learning objectives

After taking this course, you will have:

  • A better understanding of the criteria for detention under Part 2 of MHA 1983, specifically Children; those with Learning Disabilities, Older Persons and Mentally Disordered Offenders under Part 3 of the Act.
  • An understanding of the legal guidance contained within the MHA Code of Practice relevant to the role and responsibilities of s12(2) doctors and other professionals when undertaking MHA assessments.
  • An ability to identify the presence of mental disorder and the severity of mental disorder, and to determine whether the disorder is of a nature and/or degree which would warrant compulsory detention.
  • An understanding of key elements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 'v' MHA and other related legislation - for example the Human Rights Act 1998 Act and Children Acts.
  • An understanding of current case law and its impact on practice and an ability to manage and take responsibility for making decisions in complex cases without the need to refer to supervision in each individual case.
  • An enhanced awareness of the impact of compulsory orders on service users and carers with appreciation of the balance between risk management and a person's right to self-determination and liberty.
  • An ability to keep appropriate records, with awareness of the legal requirements for completing statutory forms relevant to the initial detention of a patient under s 2, 3 and 4.
Areas covered

The course covers:

  • Criteria for detention under the MHA
  • Mental Health Law: the legal framework
  • Roles & responsibilities of section 12 doctors
  • Role of the AMHP in the MHA Assessment
  • Service user and carer experience
  • Mental Health Act documentation.
Why study this course?

Learn from the experts

All our courses are taught by qualified professionals. We’re closely affiliated with King’s College London, and we’re part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) – the provider of the most extensive portfolio of mental health services in the UK.

As a result, you’ll only receive the most up-to-date, accurate information on the topic. Our services are world leading, and we’ve established ourselves as a go-to training provider for healthcare staff looking to learn more about mental health.

Advance your knowledge

If you’re already Section 12 approved, this course is a great way to refresh and advance your knowledge of the topic. It’s designed for doctors and healthcare professionals who need to attend a one-day course before re-applying for approval. By the end, you’ll be able to make more informed recommendations for patients, and have a deeper understanding of how to make an application for detention.

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Target audience
Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, RMN, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for Section 12 re-approval?

Before applying for re-approval, you must attend a one-day Section 12 refresher course. This has to be done at least 12 months in advance of applying. You also need to submit evidence, your CV, a photo and your course certificate. Once your references have been taken, the application will be sent for approval. It takes at least 8 weeks and you will be notified in writing if you’ve been re-approved.

Who can be Section 12 approved?

Doctors, psychiatrists, GPs and forensic medical examiners can all be Section 12 approved. This allows them to approve the compulsory admission of a mentally unwell person to a hospital.



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4 reviews
Good course
Excellent content,delivery and engagement.Enjoyable
Communication with Maudsley staff prior to commencement of training was appalling. There was no response to my emails s and no-one to answer the listed telephone number The training was good, but role of social services could have been avoided Also more of case histories and scenarios could have been added The theory reading was very exhaustive and onerous
I have been unable to log on to do the e learning Emailed about this yesterday with no reply. I phoned the numbers given and the answer was that because of Covid these numbers are not being answered and to email