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Mental Health Act Administrator




Priory Hospital North London, Grovelands House, Southgate, N14 6RA

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





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Providing quality, inspiring innovation and  delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. Enabling our patients with mental health illness to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

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Priory Healthcare is the UK’s leading provider of private mental health care. We have an outstanding reputation both for the service we deliver and for the investment we make in our people and in our environment. The Priory Hospital North London is renowned for its clinical excellence in the field of Acute Mental Health, Addiction and Adolescent  Services

Priory North London  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young Adults. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer. Further information can be obtained from

Main Responsibilities:

·         To manage the efficient administration of the Mental Health Act (MHA) within the area of responsibility and prioritise workload to meet constantly changing demands.

·         To ensure compliance with the MHA 1983, amendments to the act and the revised MHA Code of Practice.

·         To support and advise staff, service users and relatives on the MHA 1983 and associated procedures.

·         To be an active member of the Healthcare MHA administrators group, MHA training sub group and MHA audit sub group.

·         Create and maintain individual legal files for service users subject to the Act, safeguarding confidential information and statutory documentation.

·         Maintain accurate data in relation to the use of the Act in order to provide statistical information for national and local reporting processes.

·         Keep up to date with new legislation relating to the MHA, and the implementation of new policies and procedures as required and ensure staff are fully informed and trained in new practices.

·         Provide MHA training for the hospital, as part of the division’s mandatory training.

·         Provide support to other MHA administrators and provide cover when required and as agreed.

·         Receive and scrutinise statutory documentation; ensure that errors are rectified within the legal timescale; be responsible for identifying an invalidating error and following documented procedures after consultation with the Director of Nursing.

·         Provide information to Service Users and their nearest relatives under section 132 of the MHA.

·         Provide information to qualifying patients in relation to their right to access Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) under section 132D.

·         Monitor, remind and record changes in legal status and appropriate documentation. Informing Consultants and nursing staff of legal requirements relating to detained patients i.e renewal of sections, consent to treatment etc.

·         Be responsible for processing hearings in relation to MH tribunals and Hospital Directors review, notifying all relevant parties, obtaining reports negotiating hearing dates and venues, providing and processing documentation in accordance with the MHA Code of Practice and Divisional Policies and procedures.

·         Follow up MHA action points in CQC Inspection reports following visits to clinical areas by the CQC

·         Escalate and report breaches, areas of concern and poor practice in line with Divisional protocol.

·         Reporting to the hospital Clinical Governance Committee, MHA managers meeting etc as required.

·         Act in the capacity of audit facilitator regarding any local or divisional clinical audits on the MHA.

·         Ensure supplies of MHA documentation, statutory and in house, are available for clinicians, service users and their nearest relatives.

·         Ensure as far as practicable, a safe environment in hearings for visitors and staff.

The ideal candidate will have a good standard of general education with GCSE or equivalent in maths and English, the ability to read, understand interpret and apply relevant legislation and case law relating to the act and be able to work under pressure.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Act/Compliance Administrator to join our team to ensure compliance with MHA 1983 Regulations, MHA 1983 Code of Practice and Divisional policies and procedures in relation to the Mental Health Act.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

No agencies please

If you forward any CV’s to the Priory Group and you are not on the Priory Group PSL and have not been asked to work on the above role we will accept the CV as a gift.

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