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Understanding the Court of Protection
Aims: This one day course 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 staying calm and composed under pressure and ensuring the 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 day, participants will have learned: ·         The practical aspects of attending the Court of Protection such as courtroom etiquette and what to expect ·         How to deal with challenging questioning ·         The key roles of those attending court ·         The key terminology of the Court of Protection ·         Tips on giving evidence and staying calm under pressure Programme: The day will include the following key topics: ·         Introduction and overview of the day ·         Introducing the Court of Protection ·         Key legal terms in the Court of Protection and what they mean ·         Courtroom etiquette ·         Giving evidence- tips on staying in control ·         Common errors that might be challenged through cross examination ·         Further discussion and questions, evaluations and close The course will be delivered by: Winsome Levy Winsome is a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 2003. She completed pupillage at Garden Court Chambers (formerly 2 Garden Court) and then worked for a specialist mental health solicitor's firm as a consultant. Prior to coming to the Bar, Winsome worked as a Probation Officer and Forensic Mental Health Social Worker (ASW) in London. Winsome has worked with Kent Community Health NHS Trust as the Trust Lawyer. She re-joined the independent bar and set up as a Sole Practitioner Barrister at Tupwood Chambers. Winsome represents individuals, local authorities & health trusts and has worked with the Official Solicitor. Winsome’s practice areas are Adult Social Care, Mental Capacity – Court of Protection; Mental Health; Inquests; Professional Misconduct; School admissions and appeals. Winsome was a Specialist member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for 16 years and Chair/Panel member of the Nursing Midwifery Council, Misconduct Panel. She is a lay member of the Police Misconduct Panel for West Midlands Police. Includes all course materials, certificate and refreshments. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.  
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DoLS: a new beginning? Understanding the Law Commissions replacement for DoLS (am)
This half day course aims to provide a detailed overview and analysis of the Law Commissions recent proposals and draft legislation to replace DoLS with the Liberty Protection Safeguards. It will consider the potential impact of the proposals on individuals, professionals and organisations. Learning outcome
  • Consider the Law Commission report and draft legislation
  • Examine the differences between current DoLS procedures and the proposed ones for the Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Discuss the potential impact on individuals, social care and health professionals and local authorities and NHS bodies
Programme Three hours – 09:30 to 12.30
  • The Law Commission proposals to replace DoLS
  • Key changes and their impact – individual, professional and strategic
  • Widening the scope of DoLS? – age, location, mental disorder
  • Things that remain the same or similar
  • Rights and protection – advocacy, appeals, reviews
  • New responsibilities and duties – CCGs and NHS Trusts
  • Community deprivation of liberty – changes
  • The role of the independent reviewer
  • The new assessments required and the procedures
  • Best Interests Assessors – new name and limitations on role
  • Numbers of people affected – now and in the future?
  • Funding – issues to consider for local authorities and NHS bodies
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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Mental Capacity & Best Interests Assessments ( Advanced)
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has had a considerable impact on all health and social care staff. The legislation covers all health or social care decisions made on behalf of people who lack capacity to consent to care or treatment. Its remit covers all areas where such decisions may be made – private homes, hospital, GP practice, dental surgery, care home, supported living and other locations. Although many staff have now received training on the Act, they may struggle with specific issues in daily practice and may be unable keep up to date with the latest case law that impacts on their work. This course considers practice issues under the Mental Capacity Act such as record keeping, disputes, unwise decisions and balancing risk. The course also conveniently disseminates the body of court judgments that apply to mental capacity assessments and best interests. It looks at some of the more complex cases around special issues in assessing capacity such as risk taking, contact, serious treatment, residence, vulnerable people and the inherent jurisdiction. The judgments used are selected to be most useful to health and social care staff and will provide a practical knowledge base they can refer to in daily practice. Staff will have the opportunity to raise questions they have about their daily practice and will work through real case studies to establish any weaknesses in their practice and improve upon them. Programme: The day will include the following key topics:
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 – brief overview
  • Defining & Assessing Capacity – brief overview
  • The vulnerable with mental capacity- unwise decisions v the inherent jurisdiction
  • Practical issues and challenges in testing capacity: when to assess, frequency, reviews, who should assess, refusals to be assessed, disputes
  • Best interests overview- decision making for those lacking capacity
  • Best interests case law- record keeping, balance sheetconsulting, less restrictive options
  • Best interests- case Law: risk, vulnerability, contact, involving the person, wishes, consulting
  • Best interests meeting
  • Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Family Life
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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Edge’s Annual DoLS Conference 2018 – a one day conference in central London
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