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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Training and Approval of Medical Practitioners under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, West Midlands Regional Advisory Panel


Update March 2014: -


Responsibilities for the West Midlands have been taken over by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS trust.

At present, the requirements for renewal for Approved Clinicians are: -

  • Complete the renewal application form, including giving details of two referees, who must meet the criteria set out in the instructions (essentially, at least one must be an AC, and one must be the applicant’s Medical Director, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Director or RO – if the first referee fulfils both these criteria, the second referee could be an AMHP or another AC).  We send out standard reference pro-formas for completion by the referees.
  • Complete a standard declaration form.
  • Attend a refresher course approved by one of the Panels in the final 12 months of the current approval (NB for West Midlands doctors, we will accept 3 of the former West Midlands Panel’s short courses in the last five years, so long as one was in the final 12 months) – if a doctor has attended some refresher training, but none in the final 12 months, or has only attended 2 of the West Mids courses, they can be granted approval conditional on attending a refresher course in the first 12 months of the current approval, provided they are able to meet the rest of the requirements.
  • Send a copy of their CV.
  • Provide evidence of CPD – we would normally expect this to be their most recent RCPsych CPD certificate of good standing (or letter of registration if recently registered – this would lead to conditional approval), however we will also accept a list of the CPD undertaken in the last 12 months (which must total at least 50 hours), signed off by two peers as being appropriate and relevant.  We audit a sample of these.  We have noticed that fewer doctors in the West Midlands participate in RCPsych CPD than in the other areas we cover.

The renewal requirements for Section 12 Doctors are similar, although there are different requirements for referees and additional categories of CPD evidence, as well as a requirement to demonstrate on-going use of the MHA. 

For further information contact Emily Wraw, Section 12 Manager at the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Advisory Panel.



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