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Liberty Protection Safeguards 26th April 2019 (Manchester) – SOLD OUT!
The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) currently before Parliament contain a number of significant differences from the original Law Commission proposals for LPS. The change from DoLS to LPS will create new statutory duties and responsibilities on different bodies and 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
The parliamentary process means LPS could become law by April 2019 (Royal Assent) with a period of time for preparation by authorities before coming into effect. Aims This one day course aims to provide a detailed analysis of the Liberty Protection Safeguards contained in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL]. 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
  • The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] – key information and progress 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 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 Report Writing 26th April 2019 – SOLD OUT!
Aims: This course is targeted specifically at qualified Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure robust and legally defensible assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Learning outcomes:
  • To consider what evidence to present to meet the legal requirements of DoLS.
  • To understand the latest case law as it applies to DoLS and how to apply this to BIA assessments.
  • To be able to use the combined assessment form (form 3) for BIAs effectively
Programme:
  • The latest MCA and DoLS news
  • No refusals assessment – what to record
  • Continuous supervision and control & not to free to leave in detail
  • The person is deprived of their liberty– what to record
  • Best interests – what to record to meet the requirements of the statutory checklist
  • It is necessary to deprive the person of their liberty in this way in order to prevent harm to the person - what to record
  • Depriving the person of their liberty in this way is a proportionate response – what to record
  • Benefits and burdens analysis – how to use and what to record
  • Selecting a representative – the eligibility criteria and what to record
  • Setting the maximum authorisation period - justifying the maximum authorisation period
  • Setting conditions – what to consider and how to record
  • DoLS assessment of capacity – the decision and general principles.
  • Recording the capacity assessment
The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil  Piers McNeil is an independent social worker specialising in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Adult Safeguarding. He has 13 years’ experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: Learning Disability, Physical Disability, and Older People’s Mental Health. Piers is a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor and prior to becoming independent, held several senior local authority positions specialising in the Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding. Piers is passionate about demystifying the MCA and empowering others to use it effectively. He has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences. 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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DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course – 29th April 2019 -SOLD OUT!
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.  
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Liberty Protection Safeguards 13th May 2019 (London)
The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) currently before Parliament contain a number of significant differences from the original Law Commission proposals for LPS. The change from DoLS to LPS will create new statutory duties and responsibilities on different bodies and 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
The parliamentary process means LPS could become law by April 2019 (Royal Assent) with a period of time for preparation by authorities before coming into effect. Aims This one day course aims to provide a detailed analysis of the Liberty Protection Safeguards contained in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL]. 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
  • The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] – key information and progress 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 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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