We have a wide range of courses for those working with mentally disordered offenders and requiring secure and complex care. We have an excellent reputation for our courses covering social supervision, risk assessment, Part III Mental Health Act are but some.

The following courses are recommended:

Managing Conditionally Discharged Patients as Medical and Social Supervisors

“Best Practice for Social Supervisors”

There is evidence to suggest that practitioners responsible for supervising restricted patients in the community have had little if any training in order to ensure safe practice and the protection of the public. Following the Peter Bryan Inquiry Report (2009) “The Ministry of Justice should consider giving guidance as to what competences and experience are required for any Supervising Psychiatrists or Social Supervisors”. Trusts & Local Authorities have a responsibility to ensure that all their employees who might have to take responsibility for a section 37/41 MHA patient have sufficient and appropriate skills to do so. Therefore they should devise and implement training, CPD & induction programmes aimed at effective management of restricted patients.” (Peter Bryan Inquiry Report (Sep. 2009)). Feedback from course participant “The course on social supervisors was a ‘breath of fresh air’. For the first time in my social work career someone was giving me clear direction as to my legal responsibilities as a social supervisor and the practicalities of how to best implement this. The trainer’s focus was practitioner based and suddenly, all that had been unclear to me made sense! The very next day I was able to attend an inpatient review on a patient who is subject to Section 37/41 and confidently assert my roles and responsibilities as the potential social supervisor following his discharge from hospital.” (South Wales 2010) Suggestions are provided for a structured approach to decision making, and how “reasons” can be laid out to avoid legal challenge. The day includes some practical exercises, handouts, and examples of good and bad practice.

Who’s this course for?

This course is for Social Supervisors whether social worker or nurse providing supervision for Conditionally Discharged Patients under the Mental Health Act 1983. It offers a practice based approach with practical case studies and opportunities to learn from past and present Mental Health Inquiries. This course is also suitable for Medical supervisors and those preparing to be Supervisors.


Qualified Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Senior Forensic Social Worker experienced Social Supervisor whom has delivered courses to a wide range of Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts.


  • Who are Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs)?
  • Role of the Ministry of Justice
  • Role & responsibilities of the Social & Medical Supervisors
  • New Guidelines for Social Supervisors – Ministry of Justice
  • Lessons from the various Inquiries
  • Case Studies and Good Practice

Learning Disability

  • To understanding Conditional Discharge MHA 1983
  • To understand the role of Social & Medical supervisor
  • To be able to integrate the guidelines for social supervisor into practice
  • To understand the role of the Ministry of Justice
  • To understand when to make contact with the Ministry of Justice
  • To understand the process of recall and recall warrants
  • To understand the lessons learnt from the John Barrett Inquiry
  • To understand the importance of multi-professional working

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Introduction to working with Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983

For frontline Social Workers, Nurses and Doctors working with patient’s subject to Conditional Discharge 37/41 MHA,1983 and those persons with learning disability subject to other Part III sections, such as prison transfers. This course would in the main be for those working with Part III patients and including those with a Forensic Mental Health, and or a Learning Disability or Autism.
This is a one Course.

Suggested Programme

  • 0930-1030 Part III MHA 1983 Criminal Matters, MHA Code of Practice and MHA Reference Guide & Learning Disability Exclusions
  • 1030-1045 Break
  • 1045-1200 Part III MHA 1983 Sections, 37, 38, 41, 42, 45a, 47 & 49 in practice/Role of Courts
  • 1200-1300 Lunch
  • 1300-1430 Role of the Ministry of Justice and Supervision of Part III Patients
  • 1430-1445 Break
  • 1445-1600 1600 Question and answer session

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide delegates with an understanding of Part III Patients involved in Criminal Proceedings.

Delegates can expect to develop a better understanding of how Hospital Orders, Restriction Orders and Prison transfers are administered in practice.

You will be able to understand the various sections of Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983 and how these impact upon people with a Forensic background, those with a learning disability/Autism, particularly practice considerations.

You will be able to understand the Learning Disability Exclusions within the Mental Health Act 1983 and how this affects practice when being applied to Part III patients.

You will be able to develop a better understanding of Part III MHA 1983 through current case law and case studies.
Delegates will be able to understand the Role and Functions of the Ministry of Justice.

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Risk assessment & mentally disordered offenders


  • Who are Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs)?
  • Prevalence of MDO
  • Part III MHA 1983
  • Transfer Prisoners
  • Hospital Orders
  • Restriction Orders
  • Conditional Discharge
  • Domestic, Crime & Violence Act 2004
  • Mental Health Act 2007 Amendments

Learning Outcomes

  • To provide participants with an understanding of whom MDOs are and the prevalence rates of MDOs
  • Course participants can expect to learn a basic Introduction to Part III MHA 1983 & MHA 1983 COP
  • To enable participants to understand the implications of other legislation, including the amendments to the 1983 MHA and MCA
  • To enable participants to understand the transfer of prisoners to and from hospital

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Social Workers


Care and Support Staff

Approved Mental Health Professionals