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Mental health officers

We design and develop skills and learning resources to support the continuous professional learning of the mental health officer (MHO) workforce

You can find all of our free learning and support resources on the Learning Zone

This includes activities which enhance professional development and the promotion of the value of research to inform learning activity and evidence informed practice.

We work closely with employers and other partners to identify learning needs specific to MHOs and use and commission research to support this when required.

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MHO award

Information about the qualifications to become a Mental Health Officer is available here.

MHO Standards

There are set standards in place, which means that those who successfully complete any approved course offering the MHO Award demonstrate their ability to meet them.

Introduction to the standards and practice competences to achieve Mental Health Officer Award.

MHO links to information and learning resources

Qualified MHOs and those in training will regularly access the following key sources of information and guidance to support their practice and continuing professional learning.

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland aims to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.

Information on their website includes policy and research, law and rights, and good practice guidance.

Forensic Mental Health network

The Forensic Network was established by Scottish Government in September 2003, following a review of The State Hospitals Board for Scotland. The review coincided with the introduction of new mental health legislation in the form of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

The Forensic Network hosts the School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) offers teaching and training to all professional groups and agencies involved in the assessment and care of mentally disordered offenders and others requiring similar services. It provides a focus for supporting, developing and delivering multi-disciplinary and multi-sector educational and research initiatives. The SoFMH offers academic and short professional courses and coordinates a research special interest group.

Mental Health Tribunal Scotland

The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland was created on 5 October 2005 by virtue of section 21 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scot-land) Act 2003 ("the 2003 Act"). The Tribunal discharges its functions through panels of three members: a legal member (who acts as Con-vener), a medical member and a general member. The judicial arm of the Tribunal is supported in its functions by the staff of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

The primary role of the Tribunal is to consider and determine applica-tions for compulsory treatment orders (CTOs) under the 2003 Act and to operate in an appellate role to consider appeals against compulsory measures made under the 2003 Act. The Tribunal also plays a monitor-ing role by periodic review of compulsory measures.

The website for the Mental Health Tribunal Scotland includes links for the field of mental health and information in form of topic guides, reports, articles, codes, guides, databases.

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