07825 731 139     admin@edgetraining.org.uk


This next session of this course has not yet been scheduled
Please email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk to register your interest
£300.00 exc. VAT

MHA Admin & Management Skills – – a two day training course


This course aims to provide mental health administration staff and hospital managers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage the Act in practice. It considers the necessary tools to ensure effective compliance with the legislation and Code of Practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role of compulsion in the delivery of mental health care
  • Familiarisation with the key elements of the Mental Health Act
  • Understanding of the specific responsibilities of the Mental Health Act office and its staff
  • In-depth consideration of relevant specific topics: MHA detention powers, Community Treatment Orders, Mental Capacity Act, forensic orders, Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings


Day 1

9.30am                                   Introduction and Coffee

10.00am                                Session 1 Compulsion in Context

Brief history of mental health legislation, monitoring and inspection

The Act, the Code of Practice and case law

Exercise – the principles

A new MHA?

11.15am                                 Break

11.30am                                Session 2  The building blocks

Roles and definitions

The major civil orders

Appropriate treatment

Emergencies and holding powers

Informal status

Leave and absconsion


1.00pm                                    Lunch

1.45pm                                    Session 3 Rights and Protection

Sections 58 and 132 including capacity

Consent to Treatment exercise

Section 132 exercise

Nearest Relative

3 pm                                        Break

3.15pm                                    Session 4   Rights of Appeal

Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings – full hearings and paper hearings.

4pm                                        Close


Day 2

9:30                                         Introduction and Coffee

10.00am                                  Session 1: Receiving Papers and mechanics of administering the MHA

Fatal and non-fatal errors

Scrutiny and challenge

Scrutiny exercise – finding errors

The mechanics of administering the Mental Health Act.

Brought forward systems, diaries, chasing RCs, databases, access to legal advice. Using Outlook and other diaries, reminders, and chasing

11.00 am                                 Break

11.15am                                  Session 2    Reporting to the Board – data collection – outputs and outcomes.

Exception reporting

The role of the CQC – what does it look for in relation to MHA administration?

12:45                                       Lunch

13:30                                      Session 3  The Act in the community

CTOs, s17, s18 and guardianship

Recall and revocation

CTO scrutiny exercise & the justifying the need for recall

Managing Mental Health Tribunals for community patients

2.45pm                                    Break

3.00 pm                                  Session 3 Part III of the Act

Major Forensic orders

Relevant legislation outside the MHA

The right to treat

The Mental Health Tribunal

Reporting requirements and s41

Forensic orders quiz

4.30 pm                                   Close


The course will be delivered by Cassie Finnigan

Cassie has worked within NHS mental health settings for 20 years and has led a Mental Health Act administration department for 8 years. She currently works as a MHA Improvement Manager for an NHS Trust. She has developed and runs Mental Health Act clinics for service users to ensure that they are fully involved in their care and takes a lead role in preparing for CQC inspections of which a ‘Good’ rating was achieved for her Trust in 2016. She provides expert advice to all services within her Trust and has supported new MHA administrators both in NHS Trusts and Independent hospitals. She has a post graduate Diploma in Mental Health Law.

Stay in touch for latest courses, conferences, publications & updates

Feedback and Evaluations