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Mental Health Act Hospital Managers


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Voluntary: Volunteer work, 6-20 sessions per year
  • Flexible working
  • Home or remote working
Volunteer work, 6-20 sessions per year
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30/06/2023 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An interesting opportunity has arisen in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. We are seeking to appoint suitable people to the role of Mental Health Act Hospital Managers (MHAM) .  MHAMs are volunteers who work in accordance with the guidance outlined in the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). Their main role is to and review patients’ compulsory detention in hospital and compulsion under Community Treatment Orders under the MHA. 

Main duties of the job

  • To hear patients’ appeals against detention when requested by the patient.
  • To review the detention of patients within the timeframe appropriate to the particular section.
  • To consider Renewal of Authority notices.
  • To attend meetings of the MHA managers and other meetings as required.

Working for our organisation

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We’re Kind
  • We’re
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Although MHAMs work on a voluntary basis, they are entitled to an attendance allowance.

We would like to ensure that MHAMs reflect the diverse community we serve. Therefore we are particularly keen to seek applications from people the BAME, people with disabilities and males in general. Applications are also encouraged from young people as these are currently under-represented. We will however accept applications from all sections of the community, and will appoint on merit.

Applications are also strongly encouraged from people who are, or have been, service users or carers. Due to the nature of the role we seek people who have been involved with mental health services outside the Trust.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • A compassionate interest in people.
  • A willingness to learn about mental health problems and the legislative framework for the MHA 1983.
  • A commitment to attend hearings either on MS Teams or in person. Access to a computer is essential.
  • An ability to conduct hearings in an anti-discriminatory way.
  • Ability to consider written information in reports or as verbal evidence, and question it rigorously and objectively
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sazi Banda
Job title
Mental Capacity Act Lead
Email address
Telephone number
0208 308 5440