Mental Health Act: exercise of approval instructions 2015

Instructions for approving doctors and clinicians under the Mental Health Act 1983.



These instructions lay out how to approve registered medical practitioners and of approving people to act as approved clinicians under the 1983 Mental Health Act.

Application forms to become an approved doctor or clinician can be requested from your local approval body:

North of England Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Midlands and East Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
London London Central and North West NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
South of England Winterhead Limited
Published 22 April 2013
Last updated 13 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added Guidance for Seeking Approved Clinician Status via the Portfolio Route.
  2. Added revised instructions for the approval of doctors and approved clinicians under section 12ZA of the Mental Health Act 1983
  3. Update: the 2014 exercise of approval functions replaces the 2013 documents previously on this page.
  4. First published.