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DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course – 24th June 2019
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, lunch 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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Liberty Protection Safeguards 28th June 2019 (London) SOLD OUT
The final Parliamentary stage of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) was completed on 24 April 2019. It is expected that LPS will replace DoLS in mid 2020 and the government estimate there will be over 300,000 LPS applications every year. It creates new statutory duties and responsibilities for local authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and Welsh health boards as well as care providers. Key points include:
  • LPS will apply to any care setting (not just hospitals and care homes)
  • NHS Trusts and CCGs will become responsible for assessments and authorisations
  • LPS extends to young people aged 16 and 17 rather than 18+ under DoLS
  • Many new staff groups will be involved in the assessment process
  • The role of the BIA changes significantly
Aims This one day course aims to provide a detailed analysis of the Liberty Protection Safeguards. The course considers the differences between DoLS and LPS and looks at what the new process will be and who will be affected. Learning outcomes
  • Consider the key differences between DoLS and LPS
  • Understand the impact on different services of LPS
  • Review the legal criteria, assessment and procedure for LPS authorisations
  • Consider the new duties and responsibilities placed on different staff and authorities
Programme
  • The current situation – DoLS stats and CQC report
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards – overview and latest update
  • DoLS > LPS – what changes
  • DoLS > LPS – what stays the same(ish)
  • LPS procedure – the 3 stages
  • LPS – criteria and assessments overview
  • Capacity assessment
  • Deprived of liberty assessment
  • Mental disorder
  • Necessary and Proportionate
  • Excluded arrangements assessment – Mental Health Act
  • Consulting others and Objecting
  • The LPS assessors
  • Pre-authorisation review – role and responsibilities
  • Rights for people under LPS
  • Advocacy – IMCA – when and how
  • Appeal – Court of Protection
    • Appropriate person – who and the appointment process
    • Reviews – when and how
  • Duties of Responsible Bodies – LAs, CCGs, NHS Trusts
  • Duties on care home managers
  • The Impact Assessment – funding estimates – what is allocated and is it enough?
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. He is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission and has also been used by the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS during inspections. Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals and he provided 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 – 3rd edition, Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition. He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an 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) 1st July 2019
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 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. He is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission and has also been used by the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS during inspections.Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals and he provided 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 – 3rd edition, Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition. He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an 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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Level 3 Safeguarding Adults – 8th July 2019
Aims: This one-day Level 3 Safeguarding Adults training course offers delegates the opportunity to explore the legal framework, which underpins safeguarding adults work, and to explore the key challenges that may arise in practice. It will guide the delegates through the safeguarding adults process and focus on making safeguarding personal. It is for all staff who may be involved in safeguarding adult work which could include social workers, community care officers, social care workers, social care managers, GP’s, practice nurses, heads of quality, chief nurses, designated nurses for safeguarding adults, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the requirements of the Care Act 2014 in relation to adult safeguarding
  • Describe personalised responses to adults at risk of harm that reflect the principles of safeguarding
  • Understand their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies
  • Consider the issues surrounding consent, capacity, confidentiality and information sharing
  • Describe the key steps and timescales of the adult safeguarding pathway in line with policy and procedures
  • Understand what informs a decision to undertake an enquiry.
  • Increased ‘legal literacy’ in relation to protecting adults from abuse and neglect
 Programme: The day will include the following key topics:
  • News update, recent developments, case law, reports in relation to safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding Adults legislation, professional duties under The Care 2014 and relevant multi-agency safeguarding adults' policies and procedures
  • Application of the principles of making safeguarding personal
  • Identify factors that contribute towards a decision to undertake a S42 Enquiry
  • Identify who can carry out an enquiry
  • Identify the objectives of a S42 Enquiry
  • Work with an adult/in their best interests to develop an action plan
  • Identify a need for independent advocacy
  • Be able to develop a safeguarding plan
  • Practice issues for staff
  • Links between safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Case studies - a number of cases studies to apply learning in practice
The course will be delivered by Dawn Revell Dawn is a qualified Social Worker having obtained her professional status over 18 years ago. She continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983.She is a joint trained investigator for safeguarding adults and presently has responsibility for managing and advising on complex safeguarding adult cases. Dawn presently manages a generic, county wide social services emergency duty team. She has worked as an associate trainer for over 4 years and has designed, facilitated and delivered training on risk assessment, mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding adults. 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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