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Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited

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2 hours · Self-paced
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365 days
No formal qualification
2 CPD hours / points
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited

Welcome to our online Mental Health Act training course for those who work in health and social care, security services and other similar settings. All our online training courses, programmes and qualifications are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK).

In most cases, when people are treated in a hospital or another mental health facility, they have agreed or volunteered to be there. They may be referred to as a voluntary patient. However, there are cases when a person can be detained, also known as sectioned, under the Mental Health Act (1983) and treated without their agreement.

The Mental Health Act (1983) is the primary piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder. The 2007 Mental Health Act made several critical changes to the 1983 Mental Health Act, which laid down provision for the compulsory detention and treatment of people with mental health problems in England and Wales. All healthcare and social care workers need to know how the Mental Health Act affects their work.

Certificate duration: 2 years

Entry requirements: No entry restrictions

Recommended prerequisites: N/A

Assessment type: End of course assessment

Assessment pass mark – 80% needed to pass and gain a CPD certificate

Cost(s) of assessment and certification – All costs included in the course price

Awarding/Accrediting body – CPD Certification Service (CPDUK)

Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included


2 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Course aims

This Mental Health Act e-learning course aims to improve the learner’s awareness of the current mental health legislation, Code of Practice and be able to apply them in their practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this online Mental Health Act training course, the learner will know more about the following:

  • Introduction to the Mental Health Act:
    • The prevalence of mental health in the UK,
    • The primary purpose of the Mental Health Act,
    • The Code of Practice,
    • Key definitions, and
    • Key abbreviations that are used in this course.
  • The guiding principles of the Mental Health Act:
    • Nine key aspects of the Act,
    • Pathway through compulsion, and
    • The Mental Health Tribunal.
  • Putting the law into practice:
    • Understanding the significance of the critical aspects,
    • Identifying the appropriate medical treatment test,
    • Recognising age-appropriate services,
    • Broadening professional roles,
    • Understanding advocacy services and supervised community treatment,
    • Understanding the process of electroconvulsive therapy,
    • Mental Health Tribunals, and
    • The Code of Practice.
  • Balancing the law and practice:
    • Understanding how the Code protects the patient’s human rights, and
    • The significance of the guiding principles.
  • The five guiding principles:
    • The application of the guiding principles into practice,
    • Considering all the factors,
    • Ensuring quality, and
    • Involving patients in their care.
  • A multidisciplinary approach:
    • Modernising the Mental Health Act, and
    • Understanding different patient scenarios,

What is the Mental Health Act?

The Mental Health Act 1983 (c.20) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which applies to people in England and Wales. It covers the reception, care and treatment of mentally disordered persons, the management of their property and other related matters.

The 2007 Mental Health Act made several critical changes to the 1983 Mental Health Act, which laid down provision for the compulsory detention and treatment of people with mental health problems in England and Wales.

The Act stipulates the criteria for detention or ‘sectioning’, information about different sections and the rights of someone who has been detained. The Mental Health Act is the law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes. It is also known as being ‘sectioned’.

Why is this online Mental Health Act training important?

The Mental Health Act was designed to protect the rights of people with mental health problems, and to ensure that they are only admitted to hospital against their will when it is essential to ensure their well-being or safety, or for the protection of other people.

It is essential for frontline health and social care workers to be familiar with the core aspects of the Act.

What is covered in this course?

This online Mental Health Act training course covers the following:

  • Introduction into the Mental Health Act,
  • The critical aspects of the Mental Health Act,
  • Overview of the 2007 amendments to the Mental Health Act,
  • Four steps of the pathway through compulsion,
  • Putting the law into practice,
  • Implications of the key aspects of the act,
  • Broadening professional roles under the Mental Health Act,
  • Advocacy services,
  • Electroconvulsive therapy guidance,
  • Supervised community treatment,
  • Mental health tribunals,
  • The Code of Practice,
  • Balancing the law and practice,
  • The five Mental Health Act guiding principles,
  • Multi-disciplinary approach,
  • Modernising the Mental Health Act, and
  • Additional online learning resources and references relating to the Mental Health Act.

Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Who is this course for?

This Mental Health Act eLearning course should be completed by those who deal with people who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act. This includes:

  • Registered nurses
    • Registered general nurses,
    • Mental health nurses,
    • Learning disability nurses,
    • Locum/agency nurses.
  • Medical doctors
    • Psychiatrists,
    • Hospital doctors,
    • General Practitioners,
    • Locum doctors.
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Unpaid and voluntary staff working in NHS, the private sector and charities.

This online Mental Health Act training is also relevant for health and social care support workers, including charities, nursing and residential home staff. Those who work in security services, such as police officers, will also benefit from our Mental Health Act e-learning course.

Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.


Learn anywhere, anytime on any device.

You will need access to a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone device to complete these online courses. You can start, pause/stop and return to where you left off.

Our courses utilise responsive design features, making them available on any device of your choice.

Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Career path

Our online courses and programmes range from introductory modules at Level 1 (awareness/beginner) to advanced and expert modules up to Level 6.

Our e-learning modules count towards CPD hours for professionals in various sectors as well as meeting mandatory and statutory requirements (where relevant).

Mental Health Act Training - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

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Ediomo asked:

Do you have partners in Nigeria to pay to for the accreditation of this course before commencement?


Good day Ediomo, No we do not, you can pay using your card(we can send you a secure payment link) or we can send you an invoice. Kind Regards, Tanaka

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