Mental Health Act
Mental Health Act training
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) took responsibility for all AMP
training with effect from 12 September 2017. Therefore, the
Scottish Government's direct responsibility for the provision and
commission of AMP training materials ceased from that date.
NES has been working to establish a Training Faculty to deliver the
required training and this work is now complete. The
establishment of the Training Faculty aims to ensure that training
materials are current and able to be adapted quickly to include
changes to legislation and practice. NES will also be
responsible for quality assurance of the training provided. The
training process and eligibility criteria remain the same.
Eligibility criteria for S22 Approval and how to become Section
To be eligible for S22 approval you must be a registered medical
practitioner who is either:
- A member or fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists,
- Have four years continuous experience in the speciality of
psychiatry and are sponsored by your local medical director.
To complete your training under the Mental Health Act 2003
follow these instructions:
Step 1 – Part 1 (Self-assessment)
The first step is to register on TURAS
Learn. You can then access the AMP
Part One online
training module via TURAS Learn.
The module will take you through materials and then ask you to
complete the assessment. You must get 100% on the
assessment but you may have as many attempts as needed.
Once you have successfully completed Part one, you can download
your certificate from TURAS Learn.
Step 2 – Part 2 (Training Day)
In order to be Section 22 certified you must
attend a 1-day MHA Training Day. NES have confirmed
the following dates for Part 2 training:
- Thursday 26 April 2018 (pre CCT) -
- Friday 18 May 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) -
- Thursday 31 May 2018 (pre CCT) -
Please note that
Joining instructions are on the Scotland Deanery
Delegates must book through NES's Portal to be able to
register for the above courses.
For any enquiries about AMP training please email AMPTraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk.
Alternatively, email Susan Richardson
for any general enquiries.
Step 3 – Contact your local Medical Manager and register
with your local Health Board
Completion of training does not mean you are automatically
approved under the Act, as the College is not responsible for
approval this is a Health Board responsibility. You still need to
show your two certificates to your local Medical Manager and ensure
that they have registered you with the local Health Board. Once you
are registered, your approval is transferable throughout Scotland
(i.e. if you register with one Board and then move to a different
area your approval moves with you). Please see below for details
about Update (previously referred to as refresher) training.
Mental Health Act Training
– update October 2017
Update Training for Approved Medical
Currently there is no legal requirement for AMPs to undertake
However, Update training (previously refresher training) will be
made mandatory with effect from 31 December 2019 when a new
Direction will come into force.
The long lead in time will allow AMPs who have completed their
Initial Training five or more years ago an opportunity to undertake
Update Training before it becomes mandatory for them to do so.
The following Update Courses are now available for booking:-
CAMHS – 12th June 2018 (Glasgow)
CAMHS - 6th November
Forensics - 30th
October, 2018 (Glasgow)
Core & Capacity – 12th
September, 2018 (Edinburgh)
Core & Capacity – 21st
September, 2018 (Glasgow)
Core & Capacity – 4th
October, 2018 (Edinburgh)
Core & Capacity – 29th
October, 2018 (Glasgow)
Core & Capacity - 4th September,
Core & Capacity – 11th
September, 2018 (Lanarkshire) - TBC
Please visit the
Scotland Deanery AMP section for more information.
If you have any further questions with regards to any of the
above then please email FDA Admin at NES or
telephone 01382 496638.
The Forum has been organised with a purpose of sharing
information on relevant legal and procedural matters in connection
with the Tribunal. The aim is to share information and discuss
any particular problems or difficulties.
Any RMO who wishes to join the forum should contact RCPsych in
Scotland office on 0131 220 2910.
To see notes following Forum meetings, please visit the
How to become DMP/Second Opinion Doctor in Scotland for the
For more information, please visit the MHTS
New MWC Guidance Publication 'Right to Treat'
The MWC has published new guidance on situations
where adults without capacity actively resist or refuse treatment
for physical illness.
It had been found that many health and social care staff were
unsure of what to do for people in these situations, and that
people suffered because they did not get necessary treatment. There
were also cases where people had treatment imposed on them that may
not have been necessary.
It is hoped this guidance will be helpful in deciding on
appropriate and humane treatment for people who lack capacity and
refuse to be treated. The guidance will not cover every situation
but the general pointers should be helpful. MWC are always willing
to give advice on specific situations.
New Mental Welfare Commission report into the use of compulsory
community treatment in Scotland
See full report called "Lives less restricted".
Restricted patient Standing Tribunal
The new restricted patient
Standing Tribunal process came into effect on 8 August 2012.
You can access the Motion
for Adjournment Intimation letter, and the motion for
adjournment form will be available on the MHTCoroTeam website but is
attached here for convenience.