Mental Health Act Manager

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£1 a year Role is voluntary and is not paid
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

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To ensure the fulfilment of duties and responsibilities of the Hospital Managers in relation to the review of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. Under the terms of Section 23 of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Hospital Managers have the power to discharge a patient from detention under the Act.

The Mental Health Act Managers s are lay people from the local community who undertake specific duties in relation to the Mental Health Act (1983) on behalf of the Hospital Managers.

Mental Health Act Managers are accountable to the Trust Board, via the Lead Non-Executive Director, but are not employees of the Trust. A fee is paid for each session undertaken. Appointment will initially be for three years, and this may be renewed on a three yearly term pending successful completion of review by the lead Non-Executive Director for a maximum three terms.

Panels are held in person across Trust sites where in person attendance is required. Panels can also be held virtually if the patient prefers.

Main duties of the job

Act as panel members at reviews to consider the continued detention of patients under the Mental Health Act who are either in hospital, or in the community. This involves discussions with the patient and, if applicable, their representative which could be a legal representative, their 'nearest relative' or carer, their care team including Responsible Clinician, their Care Coordinator, and their nurse where they are an in-patient.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.

We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensure that all parties involved in hearings before the panel are given the opportunity to speak and be heard.

Work as a member of a team and facilitate constructive discussion, exploring any areas of disagreement to reach a decision.

Liaise with the local Mental Health Legislation Officer to ensure that panels are conducted in accordance with the Trusts policy and the MHA and that appellants understand how this procedure works.

Report any concerns with the process, clinical team or fellow panel members to the Head of Mental Health Legislation.

Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the Trusts policies and sections of the Code of Practice relevant to the role.

Engage in the Mental Health Act Manager development review process, training opportunities and forum meetings.

The Chair must demonstrate an ability to intervene when disagreement is preventing constructive discussion and explore areas of disagreement in order to achieve a resolution.

The decision to discharge must be unanimous with all three Mental Health Act Managers in agreement.

The panel must record the decision made by the panel in a clear and concise manner using the appropriate paperwork.

All panel members must treat all personal data, in relation to service users and staff, with the strictest confidence at all times.

Person Specification



  • An awareness of the Mental Health Act Manager role and a willingness to further develop knowledge of the role.

Reviewing written information


  • Experience of reviewing written information to extract key points for further analysis or discussion

Excellent analytical skills


  • communication and listening skills and the ability to question and communicate with a wide spectrum of people.

Excellent verbal communication skills


  • Ability to facilitate and contribute to discussions, where there may be disagreement, in order to reach a decision.

Good written skills


  • Good written skills and the ability to record and communicate decisions made by a group.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Trustwide / Remote



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