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MHA: admin & management skills 29 & 30 April 2024

Date, Time & Location

29 & 30 April 2024 10:00-15:30

via Zoom

About the Event

Mental Health Act : administration & management skills

PART ONE: 29 April 2024 10:00-15:30

PART TWO: 30 April 2023 10:00-15:30


This two day 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 25 years in various roles. She has worked clinically in inpatient mental health services, led a Mental Health Act administration department and as a MHA Improvement Manager. She is currently the Head of Mental Health Act for an NHS Trust, that is rated ‘outstanding’, and has overall responsibility for compliance, governance, and assurance around the MHA. She has developed and implemented Mental Health Act drop-in clinics for service users promoting full involvement in their care. She provides expert advice to all services within her trust and has supported new MHA administrators both in NHS Trusts, Independent Hospitals and Acute Hospitals. Cassie provides training on the MHA, the MCA and the interface for clinicians, advocates and administrators and receives excellent feedback for content, knowledge and delivery. She has an LLM 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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