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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 22 Certified

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, or
  • 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:-

Wednesday 28 March 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) - Edinburgh

Thursday 26 April 2018 (pre CCT) - Glasgow

Monday 30 April 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) - Edinburgh

Monday 7 May 2018 (pre CCT) - Glasgow

Friday 18 May 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) - Edinburgh

Monday 21 May 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) - Glasgow

Thursday 31 May 2018 (pre CCT) - Edinburgh

Monday 11 June (Consultants, SAS, Locums) - Edinburgh


Please note that Joining instructions are on the Scotland Deanery webpage.  Delegates must book through NES's Portal to be able to register for the above courses.

For any enquiries about AMP training please email  Alternatively, contact Susan Richardson for any general enquiries.


Step 3 – Contact your local Medical Manager & 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 Practitioners


Currently there is no legal requirement for AMPs to undertake Update Training.  


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.


If you have any further questions with regards to any of the above then please contact Susan Richardson at the RCPsych in Scotland or telephone 0131 344 4965.

  MWC Advice Notes - March 2014 Please click here to read the latest advice notes on some of the legal and ethical aspects of mental health care and treatment in Scotland.

RMO Forum 

The Forum had 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 the Scotland Office on 0131 220 2910.

To see notes following forum meetings click here

How to become DMP/Second Opinion Doctor in Scotland for the MWC

For full details on this and how to apply see here.

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 process

The new restricted patient Standing Tribunal process came into effect on 8 August 2012. You can access the Motion for Adjournment Intimation letter here, and the motion for adjournment form will be available on the MHTCoroTeam website but is attached here for convenience.



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