A MHA assessment is the process used to decide whether a person should be admitted to hospital for the assessment and treatment of a mental disorder. Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) are responsible for many MHA assessment duties, including considering whether to complete an application for detention in hospital, ensuring the MHA and MHA Code of Practice are followed, and coordinating the assessment team; AMHPs must find one doctor who is known to the person if practicable, and at least one doctor must be approved under section 12 (s.12) of the MHA.
Amy Manning is an AMHP and Best Interest Assessor. Amy had become frustrated with inefficient paper processes used to organise MHA assessment teams, which often delayed assessments, increased distress and risk for the person waiting, and put additional pressure on the health and social care professionals in the mental health crisis care system.
Amy was convinced technology could help and began research with AMHPs, s.12 doctors and other stakeholders. In 2017, Amy founded S12 Solutions, a platform that connected AMHPs and s.12 doctors. Today, S12 Solutions is the only system able to provide MHA Assessment Team organisation, Video Calling, Electronic Statutory MHA Forms and Claim Form creation, submission and payment.
We have been selected for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), NHS England’s Innovation and Technology Payment Evidence Generation Fund, NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur programme and DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator.