Mental Health Act

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Our online Mental Health Act course allows you to gain the knowledge of this important piece of legislation and what it means for people working in the care sector. The course covers the various guiding principles within the Mental Health Act as well as how people are treated in accordance with the legislation.

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Course Description

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All about this course

The Mental Health Act is the main piece of legislation that outlines the assessments and rights of people with mental health issues. It covers the rights of individuals who have been detained under the MHA as well as their families rights. The course covers all aspects of the Mental Health Act including Mental Health Tribunals. This means that, upon completion, students have a much deeper knowledge of the legislation underpinning mental health to use in their professional careers.

This course on the Mental Health Act is perfect for anyone working in the care sector including nurses, mental health practitioners, care assistants and other legal professionals.

In order to complete the course, you must achieve 80% or more in the final multiple choice quiz.

You will earn 3 CPD points on completion of the course, this course will take around 3 hours to complete and the certificate will last for two years.

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  • Completed online with instant downloadable certificate
  • Fully printed certificate posted next day
  • Covers all required legislation and practices
  • Complete the online multiple choice assessment as many times as you need to pass

Units covered

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to the Mental Health Act 1983 – In this first unit we will look at the key points of the Mental Health Act and when people can be detained under this legislation. The unit will cover the different mental disorders according to the MHA as well as the five overarching principles included. We will also look at the rights of people who are detained under the Mental Health Act and how detentions are arranged.
  • Unit 2 – The Mental Health Act Code of Practice guiding principles – In this unit we will look at the different legislation underpinning the Mental Capacity Act. The unit will explain when the Mental Capacity Act is applicable and how it relates to DoLS. We will also look at the protection of carers in the MCA.
  • Unit 3 – How the Mental Health Act Sections Are Used – Next we will look at the sections of the Mental Health Act and how each one is used. We will introduce various case studies so that you have a good knowledge of how the sections relate to real world issues. Different sections of the Mental Health Act will be introduced and the importance of each one explained. Section 117 aftercare will be of particular importance and the needs of individuals under this section will be covered.
  • Unit 4 – Professional Roles under the Mental Health Act – Next we will look at the roles of people that work with the Mental Health Act and their responsibilities. Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) will be explained and their jobs looked at in detail. The unit will focus on this role but also cover a few others as well.
  • Unit 5 – Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) – Throughout this unit we will look at the controversial Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and how it is used today. ECT is only used in very specific circumstances but can have benefits to service users. This unit will look at what ECT is and what issues it can help with. It will also look at the reasons why ECT is so controversial and the side effects which can be seen.
  • Unit 6 – Supervised Community Treatment – This next unit will focus on Supervised Community Treatment (SCT) and the ways in which people can be treated with the help of those around them. There are a number of ways in which the community can be used to help people through a Community Treatment Order which will be explained in this unit.
  • Unit 7 – Mental Health Tribunals – In this final unit we will explore Mental Health Tribunals and what these entail. The unit will explain the aims of tribunals as well as who can apply for these and when. We will then look at what happens during the hearing and the appeals process.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does the course take to complete?

This course takes a few hours to complete and you can do this without any restrictions. This means you can buy the course and start at any time. You can also begin your learning, stop and come back to the course to pick up where you left off.

Is this Mental Health Act course accredited?

Yes the course is fully accredited through the CPD Certification Service. They review all of our content to check for quality, depth and that the material is fully up-to-date. Each year our membership with the service is renewed and all courses are thoroughly checked prior to being accredited.

Will I get a certificate when I finish?

Yes, as soon as you finish this course you can immediately download a PDF version of your personalised certificate. We also then send a fully printed copy to you by first class post.

How long does the certificate last?

The certificate after finishing this course lasts for 2 years until expiry which is when we recommend completing the training again. Some industries may require an update to CPD more frequently than this and others may not but, as a standard rule, we recommend completing the Mental Health Act course every 2 years to ensure it is fresh in your mind and you understanding the latest regulations.

What are the benefits of completing this Mental Health Act course online?

By completing this course online you can study in your own time and at your own pace. Having the ability to complete the units at a time to suit you engages your learning much more and enables you to interact and soak up the information easier.

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This course has been checked and assured for quality and accuracy by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, to ensure it meets their exacting standards and is up-to-date. Formed over 100 years ago, RoSPA are committed to increasing safety measures and reducing accidents throughout numerous industries as well as campaigning for better standards in health and safety worldwide.

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Mental Health Act course
Mental Health Act
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