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Eligibility criteria for S22 Approval and how to become Section 22 Certified

To be eligible for S22 approval you must be a registered medical practitioner who is either:

  • a member or fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or
  • have four years continuous experience in the speciality of psychiatry and are sponsored by your local medical director.

To complete your training under the Mental Health Act 2003 follow these instructions:



Step 1 – Part 1 (Self-assessment)

Go to NES website and read the materials and then complete the online MCQ self-assessment test. You must get 100% on the exam but you may have as many attempts as needed.

Once you have passed your self-assessment, the College will contact you within 10 working days to send you a certificate and register your details with Walkgrove Ltd for Part 2 of the training.


On occasion, there can be a delay in receiving notification from NES of your completion of Part 1.  Consequently, to avoid any delay, it is asked that you retain any confirmation of successfully completing the self-assessment (i.e screenshot) and send on to Susan Richardson


Step 2 – Part 2 (Training Day)

In order to be Section 22 certified you must attend a 1-day MHA Training Day. At present, Walkgrove and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are providing Part 2 training.  You will automatically be advised when dates are scheduled.  Walkgrove will issue invitations to attend their courses, however NES offer an online booking facility.  Certificates of training will only be issued if you have attended the full day's event (it is not permissible to leave early).  In addition, Walkgrove will only issue certificates if the course fee has been paid.

Please note that the next part 2 training day has not yet been scheduled. These are arranged on a demand basis and when sufficient numbers of candidates are available.  The website will be updated once a date is known.

Please contact Susan Richardson if you have any further questions.


Step 3 – Contact your local Medical Manager & register with your local Health Board

Completion of training does not mean you are automatically approved under the Act, as the College is not responsible for approval this is a Health Board responsibility. You still need to show your two certificates to your local Medical Manager and ensure that they have registered you with the local Health Board. Once you are registered, your approval is transferable throughout Scotland (i.e. if you register with one Board and then move to a different area your approval moves with you). Approval is valid for 5 years at which point it is recommended that you attend a refresher training course (however see below for the current situation regarding Refresher training).


Mental Health Act Training – update April 2017

Initial and Update Training for Approved Medical Practitioners


Section 22 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) requires every medical practitioner who intends to use the powers of the 2003 Act to undergo training in the 2003 Act and to be appointed as an Approved Medical Practitioner by the relevant Health Board.  The training requirements were made by Direction – The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Qualifications, experience and training of medical practitioners) Direction 2005.


Training is available to those practitioners seeking to become AMPs.  Currently this consists of Initial Training in two parts – Part 1 an online self-assessment module; and Part 2 comprising a one day training course. 


Following discussions with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Scottish Government commissioned the production of a package of AMP Update Training.  Update training is currently available but is not mandatory. 


An AMP Steering Group led by NHS Education Scotland is working to set up a training faculty for the delivery of all AMP training.  NHS Boards, via Medical Managers, are encouraged to release staff to undertake training and become trainers.  Training will then be available in-house with the advantage of reduced costs and more flexibility in the delivery of training.


Currently there is no legal requirement for AMPs to undertake Update Training.  It is the Minister’s intention to issue a new Direction requiring further training (Update Training - previously referred to as Refresher Training) to be undertaken by all those who wish to retain their AMP status.


The Direction will set a date of 31 December 2019 by which time it will become mandatory for all AMPs to have undertaken Update Training no later than five years after completion of their Initial Training.  The long lead in time will allow AMPs who have completed their Initial Training five or more years ago an opportunity to undertake Update Training before it becomes mandatory for them to do so.


If you have any further questions with regards to any of the above then please contact Susan Richardson at the RCPsych in Scotland or telephone 0131 344 4965.

  MWC Advice Notes - March 2014 Please click here to read the latest advice notes on some of the legal and ethical aspects of mental health care and treatment in Scotland.

RMO Forum 

The Forum had been organised with a purpose of sharing information on relevant legal and procedural matters in connection with the Tribunal. The aim is to share information and discuss any particular problems or difficulties.

Any RMO who wishes to join the forum should contact the Scotland Office on 0131 220 2910.

To see notes following forum meetings click here

How to become DMP/Second Opinion Doctor in Scotland for the MWC

For full details on this and how to apply see here.

New MWC Guidance Publication 'Right to Treat'

The MWC has published new guidance on situations where adults without capacity actively resist or refuse treatment for physical illness.

It had been found that many health and social care staff were unsure of what to do for people in these situations, and that people suffered because they did not get necessary treatment. There were also cases where people had treatment imposed on them that may not have been necessary.

It is hoped this guidance will be helpful in deciding on appropriate and humane treatment for people who lack capacity and refuse to be treated. The guidance will not cover every situation but the general pointers should be helpful. MWC are always willing to give advice on specific situations.

New Mental Welfare Commission report into the use of compulsory community treatment in Scotland

See full report called "Lives less restricted"

Restricted patient Standing Tribunal process

The new restricted patient Standing Tribunal process came into effect on 8 August 2012. You can access the Motion for Adjournment Intimation letter here, and the motion for adjournment form will be available on the MHTCoroTeam website but is attached here for convenience.



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