This Approved Clinician course is supported by an experienced Solicitor, AMHP, and Consultant Psychiatrist and more details about the course can be found in the programme.
This course is open to candidates from all professions and is validated by the Mental Health Act Approval Panel England South.
Attending this course does not mean you are approved
Course attendance is only part of the process to becoming accredited.
We would ask that you check with your local Section 12 and Approved Clinician Approvals Lead for information on the criteria for approval/re-approval, and to confirm which course is suitable for your requirements before making your booking.
If you are based in the South Eastern Division, you can access more information about Approval under the Mental Health Act 1983 via the Winterhead Ltd website.
Georga Godwin is a senior legal consultant who currently practices in Oxford as a Consultant Solicitor specializing in mental health and incapacity law. She was called to the Bar in July 2005 as a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2008.
Georga was short-listed for The Law Society’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2018, (the first mental health lawyer ever to be nominated). She is a contributor to the Oxford Textbook of In-Patient Psychiatry (OUP, 2019). She is an experienced human rights advocate and mental health lawyer representing both civil and forensic mentally-disordered clients before the First-tier Tribunal Mental Health. She advises clients regarding their detention under the Mental Health Act, to enable them to achieve discharge and appropriate after-care in the community. When necessary, she has sought Judicial Review proceedings regarding the provision of after-care facilities. She also has experience of ensuring that mentally-disordered children receive appropriate community care and Education Health Care Plans.
Georga is an experienced trainer and mentor, equipping colleagues and peers with the legal skills and knowledge to help protect the rights of all those detained under the Mental Health Act. She is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association, and is also a Social Mobility Ambassador for The Law Society.
Fiona Bacon is an experienced mental health social worker who has many years of experience in multi-disciplinary NHS community mental health teams, including adults of working age, early intervention, older adults, and forensics. Prior to training as a social worker, she gained a degree in philosophy from the University of Durham and worked as a journalist. In her early experience of mental health tribunals, she found that scrutinising the practice of psychiatrists came quite naturally to her, and it was an obvious step to train as an Approved Mental Health Professional. In 2018, she left the NHS, and joined Oxfordshire County Council’s AMHP service as practice development lead. Among other responsibilities, she is involved in recruiting and warranting new AMHPs, and organises on-going training for AMHPs and occasionally for S12 doctors. She continues to practice as an AMHP for Oxfordshire County Council.
She has a strong interest in human rights, and in 2018, she graduated from Heythrop College, University of London with an MA in Contemporary Ethics. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar
Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), holds membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) and is a Senior Member of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is a GMC examiner for Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB 2) test which is the qualifying exam for International Medical Graduates. He is the Vice Chair Elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists South Eastern Division. He works on a secure unit in Oxford which provides specialist mental health input to forensic patients and he also looks after a number of forensic outpatients in addition to his work in prison environments. He is an expert witness and he assists the judicial establishments by giving psychiatric opinions in criminal matters. He is approved under Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act and is a member of the South of England Section 12 Approvals Panel. He is also an Approved Clinician.
He’s worked as an academic tutor at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and is an Associate Oxford University Medical Education Fellow. Furthermore, he is involved in various educational committees at the Royal College of Psychiatrists e.g. Trainee Support, Diaspora and Trans-cultural psychiatry groups. He is the mentoring lead at the South Eastern division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the Psychiatry lead Tutor at OxPal Medlink which offers online and face to face tutorials to medical students and psychiatry residents in Palestine. He is the lead for the OXPIQ project which provides distant learning opportunities to Iraqi psychiatrists. He is the Secretary of the British Arab Psychiatric Association (BAPA) and the Chairman of the Iraqi Mental Health Forum (IMHF-UK). He is a GMC PLAB and RCPsych CASC examiner. He is very interested in medical education and training and he has widely contributed to educational programmes in the UK and abroad.
He presented many oral and poster presentations at various academic events and conferences. He won international prizes from the 4th Psychopharmacology conference (Turkey, 2011), in addition to other prizes e.g. best team awards in low secure services and Lancet Psychiatry prize co-authoring a poster on the role of distance learning in medical educators. He has been nominated to Royal College awards 2013-2016.
He published articles on violence risk assessment in addition to some educational literature on assessments in psychiatry. He has published many audits in various avenues of psychiatry. His work has been cited on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He authored the Manual of managing violence in psychiatric inpatients and has also written a chapter about international forensic psychiatric services.
One of his ambitions is to raise the awareness, build professional capacity and set up specialised forensic psychiatry services in many countries which provide specialist mental health input to mentally unwell offenders. He delivers training in forensic aspects of psychiatry e.g. risk assessment of violence, and writing to the Courts, both nationally and internationally. He organises clinical attachments for psychiatrists and medical students to undertake a period of (observership) training in the UK.
Contact Name: Miss Karen Morgan
Contact number: 0208 618 4290