Approved Clinician Refresher Course - 18/07/2022

Course information
This course will take place online and provide access to eLearning platform
Length and time
1 day
£0.00 - £225.00
Course information
This course will take place online and provide access to eLearning platform
Length and time
1 day
£0.00 - £225.00
About the course

This is a one-day course for qualified clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses) needing to renew their Approved Clinician status.

As an online blended learning course it combines eLearning modules with interactive quizzes, case discussions, talks, small-group break-out sessions and legal updates to ensure delegates are fully equipped to continue working as Approved Clinicians.

The course covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities of Approved Clinicians, including practical aspects of becoming AC approved
  • Detention and liberty
  • Returning to the community and Community Treatment Orders
  • Appeals/hearing procedures
  • The 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

The eLearning modules are sent in advance and must be completed by the afternoon of the day of the course. The live interactive sessions are delivered in the afternoon. The sessions are led by clinical and legal experts in mental health law. 

The Approved Clinician process

Please note that this course automatically covers Section 12(2) approval, so there is no need for doctors to attend a separate course for Section 12 renewal.

The course is just part of the Approved Clinician renewal process and the process varies according to your location – please see below:

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.

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

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

* Approved Clinician status under section 12ZA of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) 


Learning objectives
understanding of the requirements for maintaining Approved Clinician status. the role of Approved Clinician and how it differs from that of a Section 12 Doctor. commonly used compulsory orders and the use of compulsory orders in specialised areas.
the tribunal process including the provision of written & verbal evidence. 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. the impact of compulsory orders on service users and carers, including greater appreciation of the balance between risk and liberty.


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Target audience
Consultant – non-psychiatry any, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GPVTS, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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