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Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Interaction 3rd June 2019
Aims This course aims to enable health and social care staff to consider the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on their work and its relationship to the use and application of the Mental Health Act 1983. Learning outcomes 
  • Understand the key rules and procedures of the Mental Capacity Act and how this relates to its interaction with the Mental Health Act
  • Explain how their working practices will be affected by using the Mental Capacity Act
  • Illustrate the skills needed to assess which Act is applicable for particular situations
  • Demonstrate practical application of the interaction between the two Acts
Programme
  • Mental Capacity Act commentary – Court of Appeal, CQC, Ombudsman
  • MCA and MHA 1983 comparison
  • MCA and MHA statistics – detention and supervision in England
  • Using the MCA in mental health services – community, admission, hospital and discharge
  • Admission to hospital – ECHR case law and AM & SLaM case
  • Assessment of capacity – first steps and overview
  • Understand – what information for admission to hospital
  • Use or weigh – significance in mental health and case law
  • Best Interests – overview and the checklist
  • Admission to mental health wards – which Act and why? Case law guidance
  • Code of Practice guidance – objecting to treatment or admission (eligibility for DoLS)
  • Conveyance - moving people?
  • Deprivation of Liberty – European view onwards
  • Why or when to use DoLS in mental health services – hospital and community
  • Case law – CTO and Conditional Discharge and DoLS
  • Case law summary sheet on MHA and MCA cases
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) 10th June 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 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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Mental Capacity Act and Tenancy Agreements – 14th June 2019
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 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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Mental Capacity and Best Interests Assessments ( Advanced) 17th June 2019
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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