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Understanding the Court of Protection (Updated with COVID-19 CoP Guidance) – 16th September 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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Mental Health Act : administration & management skills -17th & 18th Sept 2020 -** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This course aims to provide mental health administration staff and hospital managers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage the Act in practice. It considers the necessary tools to ensure effective compliance with the legislation and Code of Practice. Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the role of compulsion in the delivery of mental health care
  • Familiarisation with the key elements of the Mental Health Act
  • Understanding of the specific responsibilities of the Mental Health Act office and its staff
Programme The Building Blocks : Roles and definitions The major civil orders Appropriate treatment Emergencies and holding powers Informal status Leave and AWOL Rights and Protection:  Consent to Treatment Sections 58 including capacity Section 132 including Nearest Relative Rights of Appeal: Mental Health Tribunals Hospital Managers hearings - full hearings and paper hearings. Receiving Papers and mechanics of administering the MHA: Fatal and non-fatal errors Scrutiny and challenge The mechanics of administering the Mental Health Act Brought forward systems, diaries, chasing RCs, databases, access to legal advice. Using Outlook and other diaries, reminders, and chasing Reporting to the Board – data collection – outputs and outcomes. Exception reporting The role of the CQC – what does it look for in relation to MHA administration? Modernising the MHA – What’s in the report? Trainer Profile Cassie Finnigan has worked within NHS mental health settings for over 20 years and led a Mental Health Act administration department for 8 years. She currently works as the MHA Improvement Manager for an NHS Trust. She has developed and runs Mental Health Act clinics for service users to ensure that they are fully involved in their care and takes a lead role in preparing for CQC inspections of which a ‘Outstanding’ rating was achieved for her Trust in 2020. She provides expert advice to all services within her Trust and has supported new MHA administrators both in NHS Trusts and Independent hospitals. She has a post graduate Diploma in Mental Health Law. Includes all course materials, certificate and refreshments. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course – 21st September 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This refresher course has been designed to meet the needs of DoLS Mental Health Assessors. It will cover key topics that cause uncertainty or dilemmas for MH Assessors and go over the main basic requirements of this challenging role. Common Mental Health Act and DoLS interface issues will also be addressed such as the law around the provision of mental health treatment under DoLS. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions from an expert in the field and ask about your own case scenarios.  The day will be delivered by one of the authors of the highly popular Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Handbook who has also trained thousands of doctors on the Mental Health Act; Mental Capacity Act and DoLS. In order to attend this course, you must be a doctor who is also already qualified as a DoLS Mental Health Assessor.  If you are unsure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us. This course assumes a certain level of knowledge about the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. If you are out of practice, to get the most benefit out of the course and in order for the advanced level of the course to be maintained, please revisit the basics of the law prior to attending. In particular, it is imperative that you are fully familiar with Sections 1-6 Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the basic rules on Community Treatment Orders; Guardianship and Section 17 Leave. The Codes of Practice to both Acts contain relevant chapters on these subjects and are available on www.mentalhealthlaw.co.uk Programme  The day will include the following key topics:
  • Latest mental capacity case law
  • Exploring challenging mental capacity issues including establishing the ‘causative nexus’; fluctuating capacity and the standard of proof.
  • Eligibility rules
  • Interface between Mental Health Act and DoLS
  • Latest eligibility case law
  • Record keeping tips
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards- Brief Overview
  • Q & A opportunities throughout the day
  • The day will end with a DoLS quiz.
The course will be delivered by Aasya Mughal Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd. She was called to the Bar in 2003 and has provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil litigation cases and for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Aasya also gained considerable experience as an in-patient advocate working with detained patients on a number of mental health wards and also appeared before the Court of Protection in this role. Aasya has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law and also volunteers her time to deliver training to families on the Mental Capacity Act through Edge.  Most recently, she has been providing guidance to charities and members of the House of Lords on the Liberty Protection Safeguards including the drafting of amendments to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (now Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019). She is co-author of a smartphone App, three books and four wall charts on the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards used by local authorities, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and lawyers. These books are highly reviewed on Amazon. 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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**NEW COURSE** Mental Capacity Act for Occupational Therapists – 24th & 25th September 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aim: This full-day course is aimed at specifically at Occupational Therapists and OT assistants. It aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff in applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) to everyday practice. Learning outcomes On completion of this course participants will be able to: • Understand the key parts of the MCA • Explain how their working practices will be affected by the legislation • Demonstrate how the Act will affect their clients / service users • Illustrate how they will use different parts of the Act in their job role Programme • Capacity & consent • MCA overview • The statutory principles and how they apply to practice • What does the Act mean by lack of capacity? • Assessing capacity – When to assess? > Who does the assessment? > First steps • What is relevant information for OT decisions? • Assessment of capacity in detail – law & practice points • Refusing a capacity assessment • Recording capacity assessments • Best interests – excluded decisions > best interests checklist > using the checklist • Best interests & “available options” • Disputes & when to involve the Court of Protection • Restraint & deprivation of liberty • Recording best interests decisions • LPAs & Deputies • Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment 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. Piers is passionate about demystifying the MCA and empowering others to use it effectively. 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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