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Mental Health Act Administrator




Priory Hospital Southampton, Marchwood Park, Marchwood, Southampton, SO40 4DA

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£22,000.00 pa


30 hours

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We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

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Set back within 15 acres of landscaped gardens, the tranquil environment of the Priory Hospital Southampton offers therapeutic and recovery focused treatment. Priory Hospital Southampton is a smoke-free hospital that provides 40 beds across 3 wards.



  • 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 demand

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a disclosure at the enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Services. Further information can be obtained from Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants. We are an equal opportunities employer.  


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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application.  Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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