Section 117

Section 117

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1 July 2022

Section 117

Section 117 (S117) requires local authorities and the NHS to jointly provide or arrange for the provision of mental health aftercare services to people detained in hospital for treatment under section 3,37,45A,47 or 48 of the Act following their discharge into the community.

S117 applies to people of all ages, including children and young people. It also includes people granted leave of absence under section 17 and patients going on community treatment orders (CTO’s).

Working collaboratively with partners across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, we want to improve outcomes for people who are S117 entitled by making sure there is a consistent approach across the county and the city.


Over the last 12 months we have been working together to design and develop a consistent approach to S117 across the system. The following will change from 1 April 2022:

New operational guidance

Adult’s operational guidance has now been compiled and should be adopted, please see a copy here .

Children’s operational guidance has now been compiled and should be adopted, please see a copy here.

New financial agreement 

The following funding agreement has been made between Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and the CCGs:

  • All new individuals from 01/04/2022 will be funded on a 50:50 basis to include funded nursing care  where appropriate
  • All historic individuals prior to 01/04/2022 would be funded on a 50:50 to include funded nursing care where appropriate from the date of their next annual review.


E-Learning and booking a live session

The eLearning link is now available.

You will need to have completed and passed the eLearning session before you are able to book on to the live Zoom session with Neil Allen and Christine Hutchinson.

At the end of the session, you will be able to download a certificate and be asked to complete a form to register your attendance of the course. You will then be prompted to book on to the second part of the training.


You will need to allow 2 hours to be able to complete the eLearning and there is no option to save at any point, so please take this into account when starting the session.

The live Zoom sessions will allow approx. 50 people per session; once this limit has been reached, each session will be closed.       

Please see the link and password to the eLearning session below.

Password: part1

Section 117 joint register

A Joint S117 Register has been developed to provide an overview of S117 eligibility across the County. It has been commissioned by Staffordshire County Council, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHCT), Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) and the six local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The register is being supported by the care systems team at Staffordshire County Council.

A link to the register is provided below.

Access has been provided to individuals, identified by each partner organisation – primarily AMHPs, business support personnel and their managers. To request access to the register, please contact your organisation’s representative as detailed below:

Staffordshire County Council Adults

Staffordshire County Council Children’s

Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

North Staffs Combined Healthcare

Register User Support Materials

Review programme

The aim is to provide a joint multi agency review approach from 1 April 2022.

The lead commissioning organisation will be responsible for leading/arranging and co-ordinating the review.

For further information that cannot be found in the operational guidance, please contact:

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