MHA Approved Clinician Induction

For: Registered Medical Practitioners, Chartered Psychologists, Social Workers, Senior Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurses and Occupational Therapists


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We are pleased to present our two-day Approved Clinician Induction Training Course specifically designed to deliver the required two day training to (see above professions) wishing to undertake the role of Approved Clinician. Our course is approved by the Midlands and East of England Mental Health Act Approval Panel and is valid for all those seeking approval to work as an Approved Clinician in England. The Approved Clinician is defined as:

“A person approved by the appropriate national authority to act as an approved clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983”.

Approved Clinicians have many statutory roles and responsibilities within the Mental Health Act 1983. Only Approved Clinicians may be appointed as Responsible Clinicians. Registered Medical Practitioners who are Approved Clinicians are automatically Section 12 approved (even if they were not S12 approved previously).

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the main provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 including Community Treatment Orders
  • Know the role and responsibilities of the Approved Clinician and understand the roles of other key professionals
  • Have greater confidence with Mental Health Tribunals
  • Apply to your local office to be included on the Approved Clinician register (subject to meeting the your own professional requirements to become an AC)

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for all those who are eligible to become Approved Clinicians: mental health and learning disability nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, registered medical practitioners and social workers.


To attend this course you must have met, or be working towards the competencies required of an Approved Clinician (National Health Service Act 2006, Mental Health Act 1983 Approved Clinician (General) Directions 2008).

AC Approval

Our course is approved for all those practicing in England. Attendance at this course is only one part of the approval process. Please contact your local S12/AC Administrator for full criteria for approval.

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Education and Training Network
Design House
1 Coal Hill Lane
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