About Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician training

Update - COVID-19 Special Measures

Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician licence 12 month extension

In line with the 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 will 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 local Approvals Lead directly for guidance.

The College has developed virtual Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician online induction and refresher courses.  

In support of applicants whose re-approval will be due shortly, the South West and South Eastern Divisions will be hosting additional Approved Clinician Refresher live webinars on 19 and 29 March 2021.

You can find more information about these courses, book online 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.

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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