How to apply
Our Mental Health Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing patients in proceedings under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).
To apply for accreditation, you’ll need to:
- pass a training course
- submit a detailed application
- attend an assessment
The application process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.
Step 1: Complete the training
You must complete a two-day training course from one of our approved training providers:
You’ll need a basic understanding of mental health law and procedure before attending the training.
Step 2: Apply for an EDBS check
You’ll need to apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) check.
An enhanced DBS check can take up to six weeks. Start the process as soon as possible, as your application will be refused if you fail to complete the process.
We can accept an existing enhanced disclosure if it’s not more than three months old at the date we receive your application.
We may request additional enhanced DBS checks to be undertaken at any point after your accreditation or re-accreditation.
Step 3: Read the guidance
Before you begin your application, read the:
- general application criteria and guidance (PDF 341 KB)
- Mental Health Accreditation guidance (PDF 297 KB)
Step 4: Complete the form
Complete the application form (Word 427 KB).
Step 5: Submit your application
Your completed application is made up of:
- your application form
- a copy of your training certificate
- an original EDBS check
Do not send files larger than 18 MB. If necessary, send your supporting documents in separate emails.
Step 6: Pay the fee
We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.
The total fee is £678 (VAT included).
Step 7: Complete the multiple-choice test
Our accreditations team will review and assess your application. We’ll let you know if we need any more information from you.
If you meet our eligibility checks, you’ll need to complete a multiple-choice questionnaire on law and procedure.
We’ll email you to ask you to create a Law Society Learning account within 48 hours.
Email our accreditation team with your username so that we can assign the questionnaire to your account.
You’ll have five working days to begin the questionnaire. You must complete the test within 10 minutes. Your answers will be automatically submitted once the time is up.
Step 8: Assessment
Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you’ll be invited to an interview at our offices in London before a panel of two of our assessors.
You must arrive one hour before your interview time.
We’ll give you a case study to read when you arrive. This will concern a person detained under the MHA who has applied to the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health).
You’ll have one hour to prepare for the interview stage. You should think about how to:
- prepare and present your client’s case at a tribunal hearing
- deal with issues of law, procedure and evidence
The interview lasts for one hour. The assessors will ask you questions about the case study. You can bring reference materials, such as the Mental Health Act Manual.
The interview is made up of two parts:
- a practice and professional conduct assessment
- an assessment on the case study
Step 9: Accreditation
Our accreditation team will review and assess your application once you’ve passed the assessment.
We’ll let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.
If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.
You may appeal against our decision.
Call: 020 7320 5797
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