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Mental Health Act: admin & management skills 2 & 3 October 2023

Date, Time & Location

2 & 3 October 2023 10:00-15:30

via Zoom

About the Event

Mental Health Act : administration & management skills

PART ONE: 2  October 2023 10:00-15:30

PART TWO: 3 October 2023 10:00-15:30


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


Session 1 The Building Blocks

Roles and definitions

The major civil orders

Appropriate treatment

Emergencies and holding powers

Informal status

Leave and AWOL

Session 2             Rights and Protection

Consent to Treatment Sections 58 including capacity

Section 132 including

Nearest Relative

Session 3            Rights of Appeal

Mental Health Tribunals

Hospital Managers hearings – full hearings and paper hearings.

Session 4          Community Treatment Orders


Recall and revocation

CTO scrutiny exercise & the justifying the need for recall

Managing Mental Health Tribunals for community patients

Session 5 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

Session 6          Receiving Papers and mechanics of administering the MHA

Fatal and non-fatal errors

Scrutiny and challenge

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

Session 7 Reporting and monitoring

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?

Modernising the MHA – What’s in the report?

The course will be delivered by Cassie Finnigan 

Cassie has worked within NHS mental health settings for over 20 years and led a Mental Health Act administration department for 8 years. She currently works as the MHA Improvement Manager for an NHS Trust and is responsible for assurance and improvement in all aspects of the MHA. 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 ‘Outstanding’ rating was achieved for her Trust in 2020. 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.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Course access details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.


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