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DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course – 30th November 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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Mental Health Act : administration & management skills – 3 & 4 December 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 Session 1              The Building Blocks Roles and definitions The major civil orders Appropriate treatment Emergencies and holding powers Informal status Leave and AWOL Session 2             Rights and Protection Consent to Treatment Sections 58 including capacity Section 132 including Nearest Relative Session 3            Rights of Appeal Mental Health Tribunals Hospital Managers hearings - full hearings and paper hearings. Session 4          Community Treatment Orders CTOs Recall and revocation CTO scrutiny exercise & the justifying the need for recall Managing Mental Health Tribunals for community patients Session 5         Part III of the Act Major Forensic orders Relevant legislation outside the MHA The right to treat The Mental Health Tribunal Reporting requirements and s41 Session 6          Receiving Papers and mechanics of administering the MHA Fatal and non-fatal errors Scrutiny and challenge Brought forward systems, diaries, chasing RCs, databases, access to legal advice. Using Outlook and other diaries, reminders, and chasing Session 7        Reporting and monitoring 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 and is responsible for assurance and improvement in all aspects of the MHA. 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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Mental Capacity Act and Tenancy Agreements – 7th December 2020** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims Many local authorities and other organisations struggle with the law concerning the creation of tenancy agreements for those lacking mental capacity. A number of court judgments have illustrated the common problems faced by staff, and the consequences of unlawful tenancy agreements. This course will consider how staff should assess mental capacity in relation to tenancy agreements and the key case law in this area. It will also consider the legal validity of tenancy agreements signed by, or on behalf of, those lacking capacity; and when people lacking capacity may be placed without a tenancy agreement being in place. Delegates will be provided with examples of when applications to the Court of Protection may be required and the practical procedures relating to this. The role of attorneys and deputies, in relation to tenancy agreements, will also be discussed. Programme: The day will include the following key topics: - Mental capacity assessments - overview and in relation to tenancy agreements - Best interests assessments - overview and in relation to tenancy agreements - Accepting and signing a tenancy agreement on behalf of those lacking capacity - Defining a tenancy agreement - Lasting Powers of Attorney & Deputies - Case law - supported living - Court of Protection - when to make an application - Court of Protection - bulk applications, forms and practical matters Exercises will consolidate the learning process and allow delegates to explore the subject matter in more depth. The course will be delivered by Aasya Mughal Aasya is a director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd. She previously provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil litigation proceedings and also for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Prior to this, she 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. 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. 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 proving 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.
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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Transforming care : Community legal frameworks for people with learning disabilities and/or autism – 10th & 11th December 2020 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims The Transforming Care initiative in learning disability services means community services need to consider the most appropriate legal frameworks for individuals. This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to enable health and social services staff understand the different legal options for people with a learning disability and/or autism. It includes the latest applicable case law in particular around CTOs and Conditional discharge. In particular, it considers the options available under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and inherent jurisdiction looking at the criteria, powers and limitations of each. Learning outcomes   On completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Understand the key legal routes for discharge into the community
  • Explain how clients with different presentations and risks can be legally protected
  • Demonstrate how different legal routes will affect their clients / service users
  • Illustrate how they could use the various legal options available to them
Programme The day will include the following key topics:
  • Community legal options overview
  • Community Treatment Orders – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Guardianship – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Community DoL via Court of Protection – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Forensic Mental Health Act – conditional discharge + powers + limitations
  • Inherent jurisdiction? If all else fails
  • The ‘informal’ voluntary client – consent and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Restraint – definition and criteria for use
  • Identifying community care plans that are a deprivation of liberty
  • Case studies – will look at different client profiles to identify the legal options available
  • The future - Liberty Protection Safeguards and their role
The course will be delivered by Steven Richards Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind and as an advocate Steven represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He has also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS. Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has delivered training on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards to members of the House of Lords. Steven is co-author of three books:
  • Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1stedition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7) 
He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act. 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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