Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician Training

Update – COVID-19 Special Measures

S12 and Approved Clinician licence 12 month extension

In line with COVID-19 temporary AC and S12(2) Supplementary Instructions received in April 2020, all current approved applicants with a pending expiration date up until 31 March 2021 will have their period of approval extended by 12 months . In addition, temporary reinstatement of AC or S12(2) approval with be facilitated where it has lapsed within the past 12 months.

More information can be found on our Legal Matters – COVID-19 guidance for clinicians page.

For any further queries please contact your regional Approvals Lead directly for guidance.

The College has developed eLearning Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician Induction Courses.

You can find more information about these courses and register your interest to receive updates on future dates on our Section 12 and Approved Clinician Training page.


All Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician courses are supported by experienced Solicitors, AMHPs, and Consultant Psychiatrists.

Does completing a course mean you are accredited?

Attending one of these courses is only part of the process to becoming accredited.

We would strongly advise you to check with your local NHS Specialist Mental Health Approvals Lead for information on the criteria for approval/re-approval, and to confirm which course is suitable for your requirements before registering for a course.

If you have any queries please contact us on 0208 618 4126. 

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