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Mental Health Act (MHA) Administrator




Kent House - Kent House hospital and school,Crockenhill Road,St Mary Cray,Orpington, Kent BR5 4EP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£21k - £22.5k depending on experience

Job Advert Role Description

Kent House is a 17-bedded Tier 4 low secure hospital for young people aged 12 – 18 years with mental health, behavioural or psychological difficulties, and an OFSTED-registered school which supports the young people with educational attainment.

The service is set in a rural environment with close links and transport to the local community and amenities.

We provide care for the young people admitted to Kent House Hospital in the least restrictive way and we adhere to the values and principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are members of the Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS to measure and improve the quality of our care and treatment.



  • 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. 
  • Where applicable, manage and supervise Assistant Mental Health Act administrators. 
  • 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.
  • Good standard of general education with GCSE or equivalent in maths and English;  


  • NVQ level 4 or equivalent in Business Management;  
  • Competent in the use of software including Microsoft office 
  • Able to challenge and direct staff on the use of the MHA;  
  • Able to read, understand interpret and apply relevant legislation and current case law relating to the act. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise to meet constantly changing demands
  • Experience in an administrative function 
  • Healthcare or legal experience desirable 
  • Excellent administrative skills 
  • Interest in Mental health and mental health legislation


Leadership Responsible for leadership of usage of the MHA; where an assistant MHA administrator is in the establishment, the post-holder will be directly responsible for their leadership
Budgets & Equipment Delegated responsibility for the efficient and effective use of human and inanimate resources involved in executing the MHA
Information Shared responsibility for the confidentiality, security and accuracy of patient records, data and      

information. Ensuring good quality patient documentation, which meets the Regulatory guidelines and statutory requirements.


Works during weekdays; occasional telephone assistance required out of hours to the On Call Manager.


What we’d like to give you

  • A competitive salary
  • Disclosure check cost coverage
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training
  • Enhanced Maternity pay inline with NHS.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Birthday Holiday  - Your Birthday as an extra days annual leave
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • SMART Pension option


Division DBS info

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.

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