Training and Approval of Medical Practitioners under Section
12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Approved Clinicians
The Mental Health Act Approvals Functions are
exercised in Trent by the Midlands and East of England Mental
Health Act Approval Panel and the North of England Mental Health
Act Approval Panel.
At present, the requirements for renewal for Approved Clinicians
who are included in the GMC’s specialist register for psychiatry
- Complete the renewal application form,
including details of two referees, who must meet the criteria set
out in the instructions (essentially, at least one must be an AC,
and one must be the applicant’s Medical Director, Associate Medical
Director, Clinical Director or RO – if the first referee fulfils
both these criteria, the second referee could be an AMHP or another
AC). One of the referees must have worked with the applicant
in England or Wales for three months out of the last 12
months. The Approvals Office send out standard
reference pro-formas for completion by the referees.
- Complete a standard declaration
- Attend a refresher course approved by one of
the Panels in the final 24 months of the current approval and send
a copy of the certificate.
- Send a copy of their CV.
- Provide evidence of CPD – this would
normally be expected to be their most recent RCPsych CPD
certificate of good standing (or letter of registration if recently
registered – this would lead to conditional approval),
however a list of the CPD undertaken in the last 12 months
(which must total at least 50 hours), signed off by two peers as
being appropriate and relevant would also be accepted. A
sample of these is audited.
The renewal requirements for all Section 12 Doctors are similar,
although there are different requirements for referees and
additional categories of CPD evidence, as well as a requirement to
demonstrate on-going use of the MHA. Section 12 refresher
courses have to be attended within the final 12 months of the
First time applicants for Section 12 Approval or Approved
Clinician Status should contact the relevant Approvals Office for
advice on their specific circumstances.
For further information contact the Midlands and East of England
Approvals Office on 01302 327355 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or
the North of England Approvals Office on 01325 552391 or via