Maudsley masterclass

The Mental Health Act: practice and pitfalls

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: 06/11/2020
Upcoming Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £199.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

mental health act

Psychiatrists in both community and inpatient settings are responsible for ensuring that patients are treated in accordance with the Mental Health Act. However, the process that support the MHA are complex and audits frequently show areas of poor compliance across mental health trusts. This is a key part of Care Quality Commission inspections and an area where services typically fall down. Section 12 training for psychiatrist is brief and consultants often feel inadequately equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate this challenging aspect of practice efficiently and effectively.

This one-day course addresses the common pitfalls faced by psychiatrists in working with the Mental Health Act and the sorts of issues regularly raised in audits and CQC reports. Using a blend of lectures and case studies you will learn to identify good practice and areas for improvement in your service. There will be opportunities to learn from others’ mistakes and discuss challenges you have faced in your own practice.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Mental Health Act assessments
  • Community Treatment Orders
  • Consent To Treatment
  • Urgent treatment (S62)
  • S132 Rights
  • Second Opinion Appointed Doctors (SOADs)
  • When to use DOLS vs MHA
  • Section renewals
  • Repeated use of Section 2
  • Appeals and Managers Hearings
  • Section 17 leave
  • Non-medical Responsible Clinicians
  • Electroconvulsive therapy in the MHA
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Learning Objectives

After completing this course those attending will be able to:

  • Describe best practice with regards to the MHA
  • Improve MHA compliance in your service
  • Identify and avoid common pitfalls faced by clinicians and services in complying with the MHA
  • Prepare better for CQC inspections

Course Information

Target audience

Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, RMN, Service lead, ST4-7 – psychiatry, Team Manager

Lunch options

Lunch Provided

Length & Time
ORTUS learning and events centre,
82-96 Grove Ln,
1 Day

Book this course

£249.00 £199.00

The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
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The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
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