07825 731 139     admin@edgetraining.org.uk

DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course 20th April 2018
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
  • 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. 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.
Book now!
DoLS Authorised Signatory Legal Update Training Course 27th April 2018 (pm)
Aims This half day course aims to update authorising signatories who have already undertaken the Edge full day signatory course. It provides information on the latest news, guidance and case law relating to DoLS and considers how this impacts upon the specific role of signatories. The course also aims to look at wider strategic issues for local authorities in relation to DoLS. Note: people who are new to the role of authorising signatory and need to know to what to look for on the DoLS assessment forms in terms of authorising DoLS should undertake the full day DoLS signatory course from Edge.  Learning outcome By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how recent case law and other guidance affects the role of the signatory and consider its application in practice
Programme The day will include the following key topics:
  • Consent > MCA > Restraint > DoLS
  • London Safeguarding Boards review and Local Government Ombudsman report
  • CQC report on DoLS
  • Case law: European Court of Human Rights looks at DoLS
  • Appeals – Section 21A applications – review and research
  • Legal hierarchy
  • Case law: Risk to others and the description of risk
  • Tea break
  • Supreme Court ruling and Guzzardi – application
  • Case law: limiting DoLS – life-saving treatment
  • Case law: covert medication and DoLS
  • Case law: available options and Best Interests
  • Assessment of capacity –review
  • The future: Law Commission Review of DoLS latest
  • Case law handout for 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.  
Book now!
MHA Admin & Management Skills 30th Apr & 1st May 2018
Aims: This 2 day 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 ofmental health care •Familiarisation with the key elements of the MentalHealth Act •Understanding of the specific responsibilities of theMental Health Act office and its staff •In-depth consideration of key MHA detention powers,Community Treatment Orders, Mental Capacity Act,forensic orders, Tribunals and managers hearings Programme: •Roles and definitions •The major civil orders •Treatment powers and rules •Rights and Protection •Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managershearings •Receiving Papers - administering the Act •CQC inspections and the Act •Community powers The course will be delivered by Stephen Klein and Cassie Finnigan Stephen has been a social worker in settings as diverse as Broadmoor Hospital and out-patients’ clinics. He was Regional Director (London and South East) for the Care Quality Commission, Mental Health Act review visiting. In this role he led on policy development around seclusion, the use of CCTV on mental health wards and the withholding of mail from patients in High Secure Hospitals. He has delivered training on the inspection of mental health units in places as varied as the Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and, as a consultant for the international human rights organisation the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, in Moldova, Montenegro and Uganda. He has experience of strategic reviews of Mental Health Act administration in the NHS and has mentored a Mental Health Act Manager. He continues to evaluate applications for brain surgery on behalf of the CQC, and provides support to mental health trusts on matters of good practice and human rights. Cassie has worked within NHS mental health settings for 20 years and has led a Mental Health Act administration department for 8 years. She currently works as a 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 ‘Good’ rating was achieved for her Trust in 2016. 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.
Book now!
Transforming care: Community legal frameworks for people with learning disabilities 11th May 2018
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 aims to enable health and social services staff understand the different legal options for people with a learning disability. 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
  • 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 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.
Book now!

Stay in touch for latest courses, conferences, publications & updates

Experience
We are a well established and highly experienced training provider delivering courses to local authorities, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), voluntary groups, the fire service, the police and numerous other organisations. We are also experienced in running joint training events and large national conferences.
Trusted
We are entrusted to deliver training to large volumes of health and social care staff. In the last year alone, we delivered training to well over 100 different local authorities, NHS trusts and CCGs. The majority of these contracts were for multiple training events. Edge closely monitors evaluations to ensure the service we provide is consistently meeting the needs and requirements of our clients.
Knowledge
Edge boasts a range of experts who are leaders in their field. Many are also published authors, speak at conferences in their area of expertise or advise governments on matters of law and policy including the drafting of new laws. Our trainers include Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs), lawyers, Tribunal judges, university lecturers, psychiatrists, Best Interests Assessors (BIAs), social workers and Mental Health Act commissioners with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Practice
All our trainers have direct experience of practice and are able to ensure focused learning outcomes; bringing theory into practice.

Stay in touch for latest courses, conferences, publications & updates

Follow us

Feedback and Evaluations