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Priory Hospital Middleton St George, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 1TS

Priory Group Division






Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

Job Advert - Division Information

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.

Job Advert Role Description

The Priory Hospital Middleton St George is located close to Darlington, County Durham and provides individualised treatment and care for people with mental health needs of adults who present with complex and challenging behaviours, in a safe and supportive environment. Our comprehensive integrated services offer complete care pathways allowing service users to transfer effortlessly between the most appropriate care, meeting individual needs enabling recovery and re-engagement within the community and maximising life opportunities.

Our multi-disciplinary teams provide care for up to 110 male and female service users, working collaboratively with their commissioners, across our 8 wards and our nearby community house. Our focus is on the delivery of excellent care, empowering service users to progress towards the least restrictive setting and towards independence.  Our vision is to place our Service Users at the heart of our service provision, working closely with them and their carers to support their recovery and rehabilitation.

Your day to day in this role:

1. To manage the efficient administration of the Mental Health Act (MHA) within the area of responsibility and prioritise workload to meet constantly changing demands.
2. To ensure compliance with the MHA 1983, amendments to the act and the revised MHA Code of Practice.
3. To support and advise staff, service users and relatives on the MHA 1983 and associated procedures.
4. Responsible for ensuring the effective creation and maintenance of legal files for service users subject to the Act, safeguarding confidential information and statutory documentation. 
5. Maintain accurate data in relation to the use of the Act in order to provide statistical information for national and local reporting processes. 
6. Support the service in any administration related to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards where required and identify and escalate any issues 
7. 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 Hospital Director/Director of Clinical Services and Regional Mental Health Law Lead.
8. Provide information to Service Users and their nearest relatives under section 132 of the MHA.
9. Provide information to qualifying patients in relation to their right to access Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) under section 132D.
10. 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.
11. Be responsible for the efficient and effective processing of hearings in relation to MH tribunals and Hospital Directors review, ensuring all relevant parties are notified, reports have been obtained and helping to negotiate hearing dates and venues, providing and processing documentation in accordance with the MHA Code of Practice and Divisional Policies and procedures.
12. Ensure supplies of MHA documentation, statutory and in-house, are available for clinicians, service users and their nearest relatives.
13. Provide support to other MHA administrators and provide cover when required and as agreed.
14. 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 Hospital Director/Director of Clinical Services.
15. Follow up MHA action points in Regulatory Inspection reports following visits to clinical areas
16. Ensure as far as practicable, a safe environment in hearings for visitors and staff. 

• Working in an administrative team in Healthcare or legal environment advantageous
• Excellent administrative skills
• Working knowledge of mental health services and mental health legislation
Knowledge, Education and Skills
• Good standard of general education with GCSE or equivalent in maths and English; 
• Competent in the use of Microsoft office 
• Able to support and advise staff on the administration requirements of the MHA; 
• Able to 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
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The job will involve telephone and face to face communication with colleagues and clinical staff, Mental Health Tribunal, CQC, solicitors, other Mental Health service providers, service users and their relatives.

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.

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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