Law Society mental health accreditation scheme
Under the Legal Aid contract, advocacy at Mental Health Tribunals must be carried out by members of this accreditation scheme (previously called the "MHRT panel").
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- Law Society mental health accreditation scheme - CPD requirements
- Law Society mental health accreditation scheme - guidance documents
- Law Society: How to apply to the Mental Health Accreditation
- A new accreditation application form has been published (dated 17/2/17). The main changes are the removal of question 20 ("Please state the number of CPD hours attributable to mental health related courses that you have undertaken") and a new professional development statement (referring to "Learning outcomes", "Category of learning and relevant competence" etc).
- Re-accreditation to the Mental Health Accreditation
- A new re-accreditation application form has been published (dated 20/2/17). The main change is a new format for each year's Professional development training record.
- Jane Sweetman, 'Mental Health Accreditation: changes to the re-accreditation process' (email from Law Society, 19/10/17) — This email describes changes to the re-accreditation process: (1) from 1/3/18 re-accreditation applicants may, and from 1/6/18 must, adhere to the following new requirements: (a) provide details of two (rather than four) case reports, and (b) "undertake one case study, which will be either a s2, s3 or restricted case, plus questions to draw out not only your legal knowledge, but also an understanding of how you would approach and represent such a client"; (2) from the next renewal date, applicants must undertake six tribunals per accreditation year (with discretion applied, for example, for those taking a career break or undertaking high profile work). The changes are subject to reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability.§