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Approved Mental Health Professionals’ Re-Approval Course – 21, 22 & 26th May 2020 – Three Day Webinar Based Programme
The whole course provides the annual statutory requirement of 18 hours. Aims The course is to help staff confirm they meet the competences required to practise as an AMHP. It revisits the 5 main areas of competence required by the Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008: application of values; knowledge of law and policy; knowledge of mental disorder; skills of working in partnership; and, skills of making and communicating informed decisions. It is recommended that staff complete this course as they approach their formal five year re-approval stage. It should contribute to the provision of evidence of the required competences. It is also designed to meet the needs of those returning to AMHP work after a few years out of practice. In each of the years between re-approval staff are required to undertake at least 18 hours of relevant training. The course is delivered by: Rob Brown, independent trainer and social worker. He provides consultation and supervision for AMHPs in Cornwall & for AMHP Leads in Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Berkshire and Lambeth. He was a founding Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. Rob teaches AMHPs, s12 approved doctors and approved clinicians. He is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Rob has published a number of books in the fields of mental health and mental capacity law. His most recent publication is “The Approved Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Mental Health Law” (5th edition, Sage, 2019). From 1993-2010 he was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and Director of ASW/AMHP courses over the same period. Christine Hutchison is a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. She has worked in the NHS and several local authorities for over 30 years and worked as an ASW and then AMHP from 1995 to 2013. Christine was a Mental Health Act Commissioner with the CQC from 2009-2013. She lectured for Bournemouth University AMHP/BIA programmes for over 10 years and currently sits as a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Service. She is co-author of Focus on Social Work Law- Mental Health 2016 (Palgrave MacMillan). Structure of the course Day One:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 - 17.30 webinar. Day Two:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 - 17.30 webinar. Day Three: 10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 – 17.30 webinar. Resources You will need access to a copy of the Mental Health Act 1983 either on-line at: www.legislation.gov.uk or within a copy of Jones’ Manual or “Mental Health Law in England and Wales” by Barber, Brown and Martin (2019). A discounted copy of this can be purchased by using the attached flyer. On the same flyer Rob Brown’s 2019 edition of “The AMHP’s Guide to Mental Health Law” will be very useful. Webinar Sessions, Contents and Homework Topics Day One: Rob Brown Morning preparation exercises (use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • Reminder of risk criteria in the MHA. MC Quiz. (30 minutes)
  • European Convention on Human Rights (30 minutes)
  • Nearest Relative vignettes (60 minutes)
 13.30 – 15.15
  • Introduction to the course.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020: Implications for AMHPs.
  • Bed shortages and the impact on AMHP work. Exercise.
15.15 – 15.30        Break and consolidation. 15.30 – 17.30
  • Recent statistics on the use of the Mental Health Act.
  • CQC Report on MHA 2018-19.
  • The Human Rights Act and its impact on AMHP work.
  • Feedback  on quiz.
  • How to identify the Nearest Relative. Results of vignettes exercise.
Day Two: Christine Hutchison Morning exercises (30 minutes each - use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • How well do you know DoLS? exercise
  • s117 case vignette
  • s135 exercise (completing an application)
  • s136 MCQ
 13.30 – 15.15
  • The Policing and Crime Act 2017. Changes to s135 and s136 MHA 1983.
  • The Mental Capacity Act: an overview of its impact on AMHP practice.
  • Recording assessments of capacity to consent to admission
15.15 – 15.30          Break and consolidation. 15.30 – 17.30
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). The eligibility assessment. AM v SLAM.
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • S117 After-care
Day Three: Rob Brown Morning exercises (use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • Part 3 exercise (30 minutes)
  • CTO quiz. (60 minutes)
  • AMHP competence exercise (30 minutes)
13.30 – 14.45
  • Part 3 MHA, s37/41 conditional discharge.
  • Answers and discussion on Part 3 exercise.
  • s7 guardianship, s17 leave, s17A (CTOs).
  • Feedback on CTO exercise
14.45 – 15.00          Drinks break and consolidation. 15.00 – 17.00
  • Recent case law on children & mental health law (Re D).
  • MM (conditional discharge), & PJ (CTOs and dol).
  • Code of Practice issues. What is mental disorder?
  • The return of the voluntary patient?
  • Producing a portfolio of evidence for approval. Feedback on morning exercise.
  • Summary and evaluation. Any final questions.
Includes all course materials and certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed to you upon once booking is completed. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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Best Interests Assessors Report Writing – Programme 2 – 22nd May 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Please note Best Interests Assessors Report Writing Programme 1 (15th May ) and Programme 2 (22nd May) feature different content that can be attended on a stand-alone basis or together. If you are booking only one of these courses, please read the programmes carefully to ensure you are selecting your preferred programme. Aims This course is targeted specifically at qualified Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure robust and legally defensible assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS). Learning outcomes
  • To understand the legal framework and how to apply this to the DoLS assessments
  • To consider what evidence to present to meet the legal requirements of the mental capacity requirement
  • Consider how to make BIA reports accessible to service users and their representatives.
  • To be able to use form 3 effectively
Programme 2 Summary 
  • Guidance on carrying out ‘virtual’ capacity assessments
  • The DoLS mental capacity requirement
  • Applying the statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to practice
  • What is relevant information? Guidance from case law
  • What to record to satisfy the second principle
  • The section 3 assessment in detail – guidance from case law & how to record
  • Complex assessments – fluctuating capacity & executive dysfunction
  • Conclusion – how to evidence the ‘causative nexus’
The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil  Piers McNeil is an independent social worker with 17 years experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: learning disability, physical disability, and older persons mental health. Piers is also a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor & Court of Protection visitor and previously held several senior local authority positions specialising in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and adult safeguarding. He has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences. Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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Care Act Easements- The Impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 – 28th May 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims : The Coronavirus Act 2020 permits local authorities to relax certain aspects of their duties under the Care Act, where they can justify it. This webinar looks in depth at the ‘easements’ that are permitted, when they should be introduced, what Government Guidance says about applying them, and authorities’ continuing obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and the implications for local aurthority practice. It also considers the latest Guidance on assessments under the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the pandemic. There will be opportunities for participants to raise questions and to consider a typical case study. Learning Outcomes: Participants will have a better understanding of:
  • the Coronavirus Act, in particular Schedule 12 setting out the Care Act ‘easements’;
  • Government Guidance on applying the easements;
  • the key articles of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • what is required of a human rights assessment and consequent decision-making;
  • Government Guidance on MCA and DOLS assessments during the pandemic;
  • how to make defensible social care decisions during the present health crisis..
The course will be delivered Simon Foster Simon is a freelance legal consultant and trainer specialising in mental health, social care and human rights law. A former local authority solicitor, he was previously head of the legal unit at Mind. In 2004-5 he helped redraft the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and in 2009 he worked on the Ordinary Residence guidance for the Department of Health. From 2011-12 he was interim Head of Legal Support Services at Sense, the deafblind charity. Simon has also taught social care law to social work students at South Bank and Middlesex Universities, and incapacity law to LLM students at Queen Mary University of London.
Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.  
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Understanding the Court of Protection (Updated with COVID-19 CoP Guidance) – 8th June 2020 – ** via live webinar **
Aims: This half day training course (delivered by Webinar) is designed to enable participants to feel equipped to attend the Court of Protection and to ensure they know what to expect; the best way to give evidence; the key court of protection roles; courtroom etiquette and terminology. The course will help delegates prepare to give evidence and deal with challenging questioning. A barrister in the field will give them tips on writing witness statements and ensuring the oral evidence they give is fair, balanced and accurately represents application of the key components of the Mental Capacity Act to the Court of Protection judge. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, delegates will understand:
  • Key aspects of mental capacity law with reference to statute and code
  • Familiarised with the Court of Protection process and reasons to go to court ie s21A
  • Key legal terms in the Court of Protection and what they mean
  • The process of evidence giving and the different roles
  • Update on Court of Protection COVID-19 guidance.
Programme:  10.00 am                            Mental Capacity Act overview Court of Protection summary Cases the Court deals with – social care, finance and medical When do cases have to go to Court (welfare and section 21A) Before going to Court…what will the Court expect? Case study 11.15- 11.30       Break 11.30-13.00     Whose case is it anyway- How does “P” take part? Hearings -including post-16 March 2020 Urgent cases What’s in an order? Evidence- witness statements, assessments of capacity, expert evidence The course will be delivered by: Sophy Miles Called to the Bar in March 2015, Sophy qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She was a founding partner at award-winning firm Miles and Partners LLP where she led the mental health and capacity team for 16 years, before becoming a consultant in 2012. As a solicitor she has been involved in significant human rights cases brought under the inherent jurisdiction and in the Court of Protection (JE v DE and others, [2006] EWHC 3459 (Fam); Hillingdon v Neary [2011] EWHC 3522 (COP)). Sophy has a busy and varied Court of Protection practice which includes personal welfare, international adult protection, medical treatment and property cases, as well as challenges against deprivation of liberty authorisations. She advises in all areas of mental health law, where her long experience as a mental health solicitor gives her a practical understanding of the issues. She advises on displacement of nearest relative applications; complex Tribunals; and disputes over entitlement to after-care. Sophy regularly advises on public law challenges arising under community care legislation. These have included the application of the Care Act 2014 to vulnerable prisoners and challenges to Care Act assessments. Sophy undertakes civil actions under the Human Rights Act where there is a mental health or mental capacity element. Sophy is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She regularly trains on the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and on the Court of Protection. Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed to you once  your booking is completed. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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