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Mental Health Act CPD Course

Online CPD course covering the legislation surrounding the Mental Health Act, to help students have more understanding.

CPD Online College


£12 inc VAT
Study method
3 hours · Self-paced
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Access until course completion
No formal qualification
3 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price

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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.


3 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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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.

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.

  • Fully CPD registered
  • 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

Our Mental Health Act course covers the following units:

  • 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.

How does it work?

This course is studied through out innovative online system which allows you to enrol and complete your training any time, 24/7. The simple and intuitive design of our system means the focus is on the course materials and no time is wasted getting used to how things work.

Simply work through each slide on the course, which are ticked off on your progress bar as you go, and then take the multiple choice quiz to pass. Should you need to attempt the quiz multiple times you can do so - we set no limits on how many times you can attempt the quiz.

Once you finish you can download a copy of your certificate immediately. We also send out a hard copy in the post the very next day.

Course materials

Our courses are designed and written by industry experts in their field from all over the word. Once written, our in-house staff work hard to get the materials on to our innovative system and ensure they are easy to navigate, simple and clear.


We never limit how long you have on a course with us. So study at your own pace safe in the knowledge that you can work on your course for as long as you need. Most people take around 2 hours to finish each of our courses but if you need longer or wish to take a break and come back to your studies you can.

Your certificate

A certificate from the CPD Online College is a mark of quality. Our courses are fully accredited with the CPD Certification Service which means we have met their strict criteria for continuous professional development courses.

Once you a pass a course with us, you can download and print a copy of your certificate immediately. We also send out a hard copy, printed in full colour on glossy 170GSM paper, the very next day via first class royal mail. This paper certificate means your studying is fully recognised and you can show off your certificate to you friends, family and colleagues.

Help and guidance

All of our courses are backed by our helpful staff who are here to help every step of the way. Using our online chat you can get real time support if you ever get stuck. Alternatively you can call us to speak with one of the team over the phone.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone that works in care. This includes:

  • Nurses
  • Mental Health practitioners
  • Care assistants
  • Gp
  • Legal professionals.


There are no previous requirements to study this course.

Career path

Perfect for anyone that works in the care sector.


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