The scheme is primarily aimed at mental health solicitors, and is an ideal way to evidence your continued competence, but is also suitable for barristers, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses.
The course will cover LAA category supervisors, and members of the Law Society's mental health and mental capacity accreditation schemes, for their mandatory CPD hours. Each questionnaire states whether it relates to the MHA or MCA. Previously, each questionnaire was a mixture of MHA/MCA (see here for details).
For £60, you can obtain 12 CPD credits. Multiple-choice tests are published monthly and stay online for 12 months. The tests can be taken at any time (if you had the stamina you could do them all in one sitting!). The subscription lasts for up to 12 CPD points or 12 months, whichever is sooner.
The aim is to provide updates on mental health law - case law, legislation and general information. At the end of the course you will have a better understanding of recent changes in this area of law. You do not need to have any prior knowledge to take the tests, as each test is based on its own reading material.
Subscription - £60 per subscriber
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You will be emailed with login details within a day of payment being received.
If you have any queries about your order, please email jonathan at mentalhealthlaw.co.uk
About the scheme
1. Study the relevant month's reading material.
2. Answer 8 multiple-choice questions which are set by a practising mental health solicitor.
3. Your marks will be checked by computer and you will immediately be given your score.
4. If you score at least 7 out of 8, then you will be awarded one CPD hour and will be able to print out a certificate for your records.
5. If you fail the test you can resit it until you pass, but will need to re-read the relevant materials carefully.
1. Solicitors: The MHLO scheme is an ideal way to evidence your continued competence in this area of law. In addition:
- LAA category supervisors must undertake a minimum of 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year in the Mental Health Category of Law of which no fewer than 3 hours must be on the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- For the Law Society's mental health accreditation scheme (panel):
- Accreditation: "In addition to the two-day mandatory course, applicants should also have gained at least six PD hours in the last complete PD year in the subject area of mental health law."
- Re-accreditation: You need "six hours of mental health law-related structured PD in each complete PD year".
- Law Society mental health accreditation scheme - CPD requirements — During late 2017 and early 2018 the Law Society has been retrospectively operating an unpublished policy of disallowing certain CPD topics (including mental capacity law) for the mental health accreditation scheme. It is understood that in February 2018 the Law Society adopted or at least discussed a new more flexible policy. On 28/2/18 an email was sent from Mental Health Law Online, setting out the background and stating that the following steps ought to be taken urgently: (1) the previous, normal definition of "mental health law" should be re-adopted; (2) in any event, the current policy should be published on the Law Society's website and circulated by email among all current panel members; (3) if that policy narrowly defines "mental health law" then it should apply only from the date of publication and not retrospectively; (4) the cases of those who have been adversely affected should be revisited. On 6/3/18 the Law Society said it would investigate and respond as soon as possible. On 4/4/18, judicial review proceedings were issued against the Law Society by a former panel member, Rebecca Hill of GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates, against refusal of reaccreditation. On 6/4/18, (a) the 28/2/18 email from MHLO to the Law Society was published, (b) the Law Society replied stating that "practitioners may submit training in related Mental Capacity topics for up to two hours of the six per year", and (c) MHLO sought a further email responding to each of the four points raised in the original email. It is now also thought that that the Law Society are retrospectively applying a requirement for and definition of "structured" CPD. The MHLO scheme contains 6 hours of structured, MHA CPD tests per year, but before October 2015 the 12 annual tests were each split between MHA and MCA (see CPD scheme MHA/MCA breakdown for details). If anyone has been adversely affected by either of these issues then please get in touch.
- For the Law Society's mental capacity accreditation scheme:
- Accreditation: "In addition to the two-day mandatory course, applicants should also have gained at least six PD hours in the last complete PD year in the subject area of mental capacity law, or related areas such as mental health."
- Re-accreditation: You need to "demonstrate your continued competence by ... [p]roviding details of the PD undertaken in each year".
2. Barristers: See BSB website
3. Legal executives: Suitable for legal executives. See ILEX website.
4. Doctors: See RCPsych CPD information.
5. Social workers: See HCPC website.
6. Nurses: See NMC website.
If you have any enquiries about the scheme - whether technical (e.g. you can't get the system to work) or otherwise (e.g. you disagree with your score) - then you can email jonathan at mentalhealthlaw.co.uk. In addition, there is a feedback form which can be filled in at the end of each assessment.