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 the West Midlands by the Midlands and East 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 giving 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. We 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 – we would normally
expect this 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 we will also accept 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. We audit a sample of these. We have
noticed that fewer doctors in the West Midlands participate in
RCPsych CPD than in the other areas we cover.
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 approvals office for advice on
their specific circumstances.
For further information contact the Midlands and East of England
Approvals Office on 01302 798154 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Act Code of Practice