Section 117 Awareness

Course Outline

Many individuals with mental illnesses have never had their aftercare provision reviewed. This aftercare is for needs arising from their mental illness alone and only for those detained under Section 3 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983. As funding bites in current times, local authorities and health organisations are becoming keener on reviewing this issue to establish whether the aftercare is still needed.

This half day programme aims to give participants an insight into section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the recommendations for social care legislation made by the Law Commission in March 2011 (white paper pending summer 2012). It looks at the purpose of s 117 and the issues for discharging individuals from the section as well as the relationship with Continuing Health Care funding.

Who is the course aimed at?

Social Workers and Nurses working in Mental Health and Adult teams and continuing Health Care Assessors.

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

– By the end of the session, participants will have gained an insight into this section of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the responsibilities of health and social care providers in working within the section.


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