Section 12 Introductory Course

4.6 (9 reviews)
Course information
Date
Level
Introductory
Locations
Online
Length and time
2 Days
Cost
£0.00 - £375.00
Course information
Date
Level
Introductory
Locations
Online
Length and time
2 Days
Cost
£0.00 - £375.00
About the 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.

Learning objectives
  • 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.

Course programme

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

Day One

Time

Title

Speaker

09:00 -17:00

Pre-course quiz, intro, modules 1-10, post-course quiz

Self-directed learning

Day Two

Time

Title

Speaker

09:00 - 10:00

MHA essentials- live MCQ, Q&A

Course lead

10:00 – 11:00

Role of AMHP, nearest relative Q&A

AMHP and MHT

member

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45

Service user perspective Q&A

Service user

11:45 – 12:30

Medico-legal and forensic issues Q&A

Forensic psychiatrist

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Case law update and legal considerations

Mental Health

Lawyer

14:30 – 15:00

Nearest relative and carer perspective

Carer

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:15

Children and young people- case examples and Q&A

CAMHS consultant

16:15 – 17:00

Becoming S12 approved Q&A, final evaluation, and feedback

Course lead

17:00

Course Ends

Why study this course ?

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.

Gain confidence

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.

Course schedule

Target audience
This course is designed for doctors, including psychiatrists, general practitioners (GPs), and forensic medical examiners, who are applying for Section 12 approval for the first time. Approval panels are available in four regions in England: North of England, Midlands and East, London, and South of England. If you are seeking Approved Clinician status for the first time or wish to refresh your existing Approved Clinician status, please enroll in one of our Approved Clinician courses. For those looking to refresh their Section 12 status, please sign up for the Section 12 refresher course. Course applicants from South London & Maudsley NHS Trust should contact maudsleylearning@slam.nhs.uk to secure their place.
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25/03/2024 09:00-17:00
8 hours
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Group bookings

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.

Bespoke courses

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.

Research

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.

Frequently asked questions

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 s12acadmin.cnwl@nhs.net
  • South of England – please email office@winterhead.co.uk
  • North of England – please email tewv.neap@nhs.net
  • Midlands and East of England – please email rdash.mha.approvals@nhs.net

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.

Regional approvals panel contact details

There are four regional Approved Clinician and Section 12 Approval Panels. These are

  • England South
  • London
  • North of England
  • Midlands and East of England

PANEL

CONTACT DETAILS

AREAS COVERED

London

London Approvals Panel Mental Health Unit Northwick Park Hospital Watford Road

Harrow HA1 3UJ

Telephone: 0208 869 3515

Fax: 0208 869 3516

Email: s12acadmin.cnwl@nhs.net

Approvals Lead: Denista Wincey Email: denista.wincey@nhs.net

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

England South

Winterhead Ltd. England South Approvals Panel S12/AC Office

Email 0ffice@winterhead.co.uk

Approvals Administrators:

Nerissa Millett Sam Bolton

Email: office@winterhead.co.uk

Head of Business: Hilary Eagles

Email: hilary.eagles@winterhead.co.uk

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

Sussex

South West:

Avon BANES

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: rdash.mha.approvals@nhs.net

Approvals Manager: Neena Abraham Email: neena.abraham@nhs.net

Panel Chair: Dr. David Goodhead

Panel Coordinator: Elizabeth Morgan

Approvals Assistants:

Arlene Shepherd Nicola Murray

East of England Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Essex Hertfordshire Norfolk

Suffolk

East Midlands

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

Email: tewv.neap@nhs.net

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

Yorkshire:

North Yorkshire

East Riding of Yorkshire South Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

North East:

County Durham Northumberland

Tyne and Wear

North West: Cheshire Cumbria

Greater Manchester Lancashire Merseyside

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REVIEWS

9 reviews
18/01/2024
Was very good
18/07/2021
A bit of rush job, information overload - second day (group meeting) should be spread out from one day to two days. The information was too spread out on each page/screen - time wasted in scrolling down tor each successive item; pages can be redesigned so that more items on one page and when one item filled/marked next item shows on the screen automatically.
17/07/2021
It would be nice to get written materials to take notes from as this is all online
16/07/2021
The course layout was professional; there were modules to complete, and this was very helpful before we had the live sessions.
15/07/2021
Overall very good although I still doubt on certain things
01/07/2021
I ATTENDED THE MAUDSLEY LEARNING SECTION 12 INTRODUCTORY COURSE .IT HAD 2 PARTS.THE FIRST PART WAS E LEARNING MODULES WHICH WERE FANTASTIC.THERE WERE 10 MODULES AND COVERED ALL THE ASPECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH ACT.REALLY VERY INFORMATIVE AND USEFUL. THE SECOND PART WAS THE INTERACTIVE MODULE WHICH WAS ALSO VERY WELL ORGANISED AND WELL PRESENTED.THIS SECTION 12 INTRODUCTORY COURSE WAS VERY HIGH STANDARD AND I ENJOYED IT THOROUGHLY.I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE WORKING IN PSYCHIATRY. THANK YOU.
10/05/2021
very educative
10/05/2021
Great course materials and great teaching! Thank you.
10/05/2021
Excellent