About Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician training


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

Courses are open to candidates from all professions and are validated by the Mental Health Act Approval Panel England South.

Does completing a course mean I’m accredited?

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

We would advise you to 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 West Division, you can access more information about Approval under the Mental Health Act 1983 via the Winterhead Ltd website.

Ways to book

You can secure your place on any of these courses by:

  • booking online
  • telephoning the South West Division office on 01761 463979 or
  • paying via BACS and submitting your remittance form along with your registration form to the Division office.

Prior to making a booking, we would ask you to view our Terms and Conditions for event booking.

Delegates are advised not to book travel/accommodation until you’ve received written confirmation of your booking from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Please contact us on 01761 463979 if you have not received your receipt and joining instructions within 10 days of booking.

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