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Mental Health Act Advisory Group

The function of the group  is to advise and guide members and the society on aspects of the Mental Health Act and related legislation.

Approved Clinicians

A Responsible Clinician (RC) is the Approved Clinician (AC) who has overall responsibility in terms of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007) for a patient’s case, including those who are discharged from hospital but who remain liable to be detained (e.g. those on a Community Treatment Order (CTO).

An AC is a person approved by the Secretary of State for Justice for the purposes of the MHA.

ACs not acting as RCs have some other responsibilities under the Act, e.g. holding powers, review of patients in seclusion.

Becoming an approved clinician

Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social workers can be approved to be multi- professional approved clinicians.

This is done by submitting a portfolio to demonstrate your experience and competencies to a regional panel.

The National Governance Association Guidance recommends that prospective ACs have their portfolios reviewed by BPS prior to submission to regional panels.

The MHAAG oversees our multi-professional peer review panel for approved clinician portfolios. This service is open to all eligible professions.

For more information please see our guidance or e-mail [email protected]

Approved clinician discussion list

We also run an e-mail discussion list for people who are already AC/RCs or those interested in the role.

In the discussion group people can share information, network and find help.

Again, this is open to all relevant professions.

To be added to this group please e-mail [email protected]

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