The Role of the SOAD

The Role of the SOAD

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Course Overview

The SOAD service safeguards the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act who either refuse the treatment prescribed to them or are deemed incapable of consenting.
According to the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England and Wales, the SOAD service receive around 16,000 requests for second opinions every year, so it is crucial that you appreciate the importance of SOADs.During this session lecturer Steph Barber of Law Hound will examine the role of the SOAD; to decide whether the treatment recommended is clinically defensible and whether due consideration has been given to the views and rights of the patient.

This session will offer an invaluable insight to those specialise in mental health law and tribunal work and will ensure that viewers understand the needs pertinent to more vulnerable clients.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand what a SOAD is and what their role entails
  • • Be familiar with the SOAD’s process

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health practitioners



About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    3 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60