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Second opinion appointed doctors (SOADs)
About the SOAD service
The SOAD service safeguards the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act who either refuse the treatment prescribed to them or are deemed incapable of consenting.
The role of the SOAD is to decide whether the treatment recommended is clinically defensible and whether due consideration has been given to the views and rights of the patient.
We are responsible for the appointment of SOADs and manage the SOAD service. We receive around 12,000 requests for second opinions every year.
Regulations that came into effect in 2012 changed when a SOAD will be required to certify treatment to patients subject to community treatment orders (CTOs).
Request a second opinion
You can request a second opinion online using our Provider Portal. It's the quickest, easiest way to send us forms.
Don't have a Provider Portal account?
You can also request a second opinion by completing the following form. Forms filled in inaccurately may lead to delays in appointing SOADs or your application being returned.
Is there a way the responsible clinician can complete the information required for the form and then return it to the MHA Administrator who can then check and submit the form?
Yes. Click the "Save and Exit" button once you reach the printable page. This will give the URL which can be copied into the browser to either complete the form later or to email the link to another address.
Can the confirmation receipt be emailed to someone other than the person completing the form?
Yes. When completing the form a question will appear which asks if you are the person responsible for co-ordinating the visit. Click "No" and a prompt will appear to include the contact information for the person who is co-ordinating the visit. Both parties will receive a confirmation e-mail once the request is submitted.
Alternatively, if the person completing the request does not require a confirmation e-mail they can insert the e-mail address of the person who does require confirmation, into their contact details instead of their own address.
If a copy of the completed form is required, always remember to print this off before submission as once the form has been submitted you will not be able to retrieve a copy.
Guidance for completing the form is also contained within it where the questions are not self-explanatory.
Apply to become a SOAD
We are currently reviewing our appointments process and documents, but are welcoming expressions of interest. Please register your contact details by email to HRQueries@cqc.org.uk including 'SOAD appointment expression of interest' in the subject line.
SOADs appointed by the CQC may only work in England. For information about how to apply to become a SOAD in Wales please contact Health Inspectorate Wales.
- Last updated:
- 22 February 2016