MWC Advice Notes - March
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
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) -
Thursday 26 April 2018 (pre CCT) - Glasgow
Monday 30 April 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) -
Monday 7 May 2018 (pre CCT) - Glasgow
Friday 18 May 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) -
Monday 21 May 2018 (Consultants, SAS, Locums) -
Thursday 31 May 2018 (pre CCT) - Edinburgh
Monday 11 June (Consultants, SAS, Locums) -
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 AMPTraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk.
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
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.
to read the latest advice notes on some of the legal and
ethical aspects of mental health care and treatment in Scotland.
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
How to become DMP/Second Opinion Doctor in Scotland for the
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
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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