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How to apply to the Mental Health Accreditation

To achieve the Mental Health accreditation, you must undertake mandatory training on an approved mental health course before submitting an application.

Applicants who meet the initial eligibility checks will then be invited to an interview at the Law Society in London.

You no longer need to submit case reports as part of the initial application process.

You will need to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), whether pursuing an initial or re-accreditation application. As enhanced DBS checks can take up to six weeks, we strongly advise applicants to start the process as soon as possible, as failure to complete the process will result in the application being refused.

We can accept an existing enhanced disclosure provided that it is not more than three months old at the date the Accreditation Office receives your application. Please note that we may request additional enhanced DBS checks to be undertaken at any point after your accreditation or re-accreditation.

How to apply

Step 1: Preparation and application

Before you begin, please ensure that you read the general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 125kb) and the mental health application form guidance notes (PDF 363kb) to help you complete your application.

Undertake a two-day course, which must be completed before an application form is submitted. The course providers are as follows, please contact the one nearest to you for the available dates and joining instructions:

Please complete and submit the application form (Word 406kb) together with the required supporting documents as outlined in the form and application form guidance notes (PDF 363kb). 

Step 2: Assessment and award of accreditation

The assessment will consist of three parts:

  • a case study
  • a multiple choice questionnaire, and
  • an interview before a panel of two of the Scheme's assessors

The case study, which will be given to you an hour before the scheduled time for your interview, concerns a person detained under the Mental Health Act who has applied to the First-tier Tribunal (mental health). Your task, on the basis of the information provided in the case study, is to prepare to represent that person at a tribunal hearing.

You will have to consider how best to prepare and present your client's case and how to deal with the issues of law, procedure and evidence which arise. These matters will be tested by questions you will be asked in the accreditation interview.

We advise that you should bring a reference book, such as the Mental Health Act Manual, for this part of the assessment. There will not be an opportunity to consult any reference material during the interview itself.

Approximately 15 minutes before the start of your interview, you will be given a multiple choice questionnaire on law and procedure. You will then be invited for interview

The case study, multiple choice test and interview will take two hours to complete. For full details please see our scheme guidance notes (PDF 363kb).

Accreditation fees

A fee is applicable for each application. See the fee schedule for full details of accreditation costs.

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact our accreditation office for guidance:

Email: accreditation@lawsociety.org.uk
Phone: 020 7320 5797