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Best Interests Assessors Legal Update (Annual Refresher) 15th June 2018
Aims:  This course aims to provide an essential update on case law in relation to the role of the BIA. Learning outcomes:
  • Consider the latest DoLS news, research and guidance
  • Examine the latest case law relevant to DoLS and the BIA role
  • Reflect on how the information covered affects BIA practice 
Programme- the day will include the following key topics which may be subject to some minor amendments to reflect the latest case law and guidance at the time of delivery : 
  • Consent > MCA > Restraint > DoLS
  • London Safeguarding Boards and Local Government Ombudsman report
  • CQC annual DoLS report
  • Case law: European Court of Human Rights and DoLS
  • Case studies – DoLS in practice
  • Deprivation of Liberty – ECHR onwards
  • Cheshire West, Supreme Court ruling – revisited
  • Case law: life-saving treatment and DoLS
  • DoLS appeals – Section 21A applications – overview and research findings
  • Case law: covert medication to manage behaviour and DoLS
  • National DoLS stats and trends
  • Case law: Available options and the best interests assessment
  • Assessment of risk – necessary and proportionate
  • Case law: latest DoLS case law and summary
  • Case law: domestic DoL or Community deprivation of liberty
  • Case law: Community Treatment Orders (CTO) and DoLS
  • The future: a new DoLS
The course will be delivered by Steven Richards  Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission and a specialist advisor in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. He 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 represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven has trained health and social care professionals on the Mental Capacity Act since its inception and regularly delivers legal update training to DoLS assessors (BIAs and Mental Health Assessors) and authorising signatories. Steven is co-author of three books, Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 2nd edition, Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition and The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition. He also co-authors a number of wallcharts on the Acts which are used nationally and a mobile App on the Mental Capacity Act. 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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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Authorised Signatories Training Course 29th June 2018
Aims This course aims to provide guidance on the role of signatories and to update designated signatories in relation to the latest case law around their specific role within the DOLS procedures.    Please note: this course is not designed for BIAs but specifically the role of local authority managers acting as authorised signatories.  Learning outcomes
  • Understand the responsibilities of the Supervisory Body in relation to DOLS
  • Explain the statutory basis and functions of a signatory
  • Demonstrate how recent case law affects the role of the signatory and consider its application in practice
Programme
  • Commentary on DoLS – government and Supreme Court
  • Latest news from Department of Health, CQC etc
  • DoLS signatories – what has changed in the last year?
  • DoLS – scrutiny and the role of the supervisory body + SCIE guidance
  • The DoLS assessments and new forms and guidance
  • Form 3 – BIA assessment
  • Defining Deprivation of Liberty – Article 5
  • Case study – restraint or deprivation of liberty?
  • The Supreme Court ruling – Cheshire West
  •  Continuous supervision and control and not free to leave
  • A person can now be deprived of liberty even though…
  • What to look for on Form 3 – deprived of liberty?
  • The best interests – the law
  • Best Interests assessment – what to look for
  • Case study – best interests?
  • Statistics for DoLS + latest ADASS advice
  • Residential schools and DoLS case law
  • Harm to the person and a proportionate response
  • Mental Capacity Assessment – Form 3 and 4
  • Recent case law on assessment of capacity – what a person needs to understand
  • Assessment of capacity – what to look for
  • Case study – assessment of capacity
  • Duration of DoLS
  • Conditions – when, why and what?
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Form 5 - The Supervisory Body’s decision
  • Wider practice issues for managers in social services
  • Questions that remain – future case law
The course will be delivered by Steven Richards  Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission and a specialist advisor in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. He 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 represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven has trained health and social care professionals on the Mental Capacity Act since its inception and regularly delivers legal update training to DoLS assessors (BIAs and Mental Health Assessors) and authorising signatories. Steven is co-author of three books, Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 2nd edition, Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition and The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition. He also co-authors a number of wallcharts on the Acts which are used nationally and a mobile App on the Mental Capacity Act.
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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Best Interests Assessors Legal Update (Annual Refresher) 13th July 2018
Aims:  This course aims to provide an essential update on case law in relation to the role of the BIA. Learning outcomes:
  • Consider the latest DoLS news, research and guidance
  • Examine the latest case law relevant to DoLS and the BIA role
  • Reflect on how the information covered affects BIA practice 
Programme- the day will include the following key topics which may be subject to some minor amendments to reflect the latest case law and guidance at the time of delivery : 
  • Consent > MCA > Restraint > DoLS
  • London Safeguarding Boards and Local Government Ombudsman report
  • CQC annual DoLS report
  • Case law: European Court of Human Rights and DoLS
  • Case studies – DoLS in practice
  • Deprivation of Liberty – ECHR onwards
  • Cheshire West, Supreme Court ruling – revisited
  • Case law: life-saving treatment and DoLS
  • DoLS appeals – Section 21A applications – overview and research findings
  • Case law: covert medication to manage behaviour and DoLS
  • National DoLS stats and trends
  • Case law: Available options and the best interests assessment
  • Assessment of risk – necessary and proportionate
  • Case law: latest DoLS case law and summary
  • Case law: domestic DoL or Community deprivation of liberty
  • Case law: Community Treatment Orders (CTO) and DoLS
  • The future: a new DoLS
The course will be delivered by Aasya Mughal Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge. She has provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil law matters in the county courts including landlord and tenant proceedings. She also has previously gained considerable experience as an in-patient advocate, working with detained patients on a number of mental health wards and has appeared before the Court of Protection in this role. She is co-author of three books, an App and three wall charts on the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DoLS used by local authorities, hospitals, universities and lawyers. She has also provided legal information and advice to the public on human rights law through the organisation Liberty on a pro bono basis. 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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