When Must a Patient Consent to Treatment under the MHA

When Must a Patient Consent to Treatment under the MHA

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Course Overview

This course tackles the complicated issue of when a patient must consent to medical treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended, and will provide an invaluable insight or reminder for those in practice.

During this bite size session lecturer Steph Barber will discuss the definition of medical treatment and the circumstances in which compulsory treatment for detained patients can be carried out.

Consideration will also be given to situations where a second opinion or urgent treatment is required.

Primarily aimed at those specialising in mental health law and tribunal work, this course will also be of interest to those who wish to comply with the SRA standards for delivery of client services which dictate that practitioners must have “proper regard to your client's mental capacity or other vulnerability…….”. Consequently, all solicitors and practitioners, irrespective of their specialist area of law, should be able to demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues and how they provide a service to, for example, someone who is detained under the Mental Health Act ((Indicative Behaviour IB (1.6) and an understanding of the basic concepts of the Mental Health Act.

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:
  • • Have considered the issues surrounding mental capacity and consent
  • • Have a greater understanding of, and feel confident when, advising clients regarding this area of mental health law

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health law 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


  • Notes
    3 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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  • Price
  • £ 60