Approved Clinicians Refresher Training
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Approved Clinicians Refresher Training

Our course is approved by the North of England Approvals Panel (NEAP) as a refresher course for those seeking AC re-approval.

Programme Information 2019 - 2020


The programme will provide a refresher and legal update on key provisions of the MHA and Code of Practice, treatment provisions, Tribunals and the MCA and any key developments and 'hot topics'. Issues will be considered from an AMHP perspective and a service user/carer perspective.

The focus throughout will be on how the legal issues impact in practice and key developments all ACs need to be aware of.

The day will comprise of an interactive mix of presentations, case studies, quizzes and practical exercises.

All participants will be invited to identify issues they wish to cover and to raise questions, case examples and points for discussion throughout the day.

Comprehensive materials will be provided for delegates to refer to and to supplement the topics on the day. 


The day will be jointly facilitated throughout by Helen Kingston, a solicitor and consultant with DAC Beachcroft (and former principal lecturer at Northumbria University) and Dr Gill Bell (Mental Health Act Clinical Lead, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHSFT), both of whom have extensive experience in providing AC/s.12 training. Helen and Gill will be joined by other members of our multi-professional training team.

Course Feedback

"Excellent coverage of issues."

"Both presenters and facilitators were very well informed. It was interactive and clinically relevant to scenarios."

"Absolutely fantastic! Very educational, current, relevant and clarified so much for me in relation to my work."

"The best s.12/AC update I have been on. Great case based discussion and consideration of dilemmas."

2019 - 2020 Programme Dates and Venues

The list of course dates & venues is set out below.

Registration is at 9.15 and the course will commence at 9.30 and finish at 4.30pm. A detailed programme will be sent to you prior to the course.

5 April 2019 - Manchester AC Refresher
Venue: DAC Beachcroft Newcastle office

10 May 2019 - Newcastle AC Refresher 
Venue: DAC Beachcroft Manchester office

18 October 2019 - Newcastle AC Refresher 
Venue: DAC Beachcroft Newcastle office

10 January 2020 - Manchester AC Refresher 
Venue: DAC Beachcroft Newcastle office

To book

Contact Michelle Hall on 0191 404 4055 or e-mail

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