The University of Lincoln is undertaking research in to mental capacity assessments and DoLS and would love your assistance if you are a DoLS professional. For more information and details about who can get involved please find below the research document prepared by the University of Lincoln. Interviews are taking place until the end of June.…


The annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme has been released. Based on 103 reviews of deaths, in 13% of cases the person’s health had been adversely affected by one or more of the following: •delays in care or treatment; •gaps in service provision; •organisational dysfunction; •or neglect or abuse.’ The failure to…


The British Institute of Human Rights has published this brief guide for practitioners which covers the key human rights considerations in relation to hospital discharge. Hospital_Discharge_Final_Low_Res  


It actually states: ‘Training needs to improve within NHS organisations about the factors that disadvantage Black and Asian minority ethnic groups, particularly those of Black African and Caribbean descent. This should support psychiatrists in reflecting on their own perspectives, behaviours and the role unconscious bias can have on the care they provide, as well as…




  Are you a DoLS assessors (BIA/MH Assessor) or DoLS Signatory? We are pleased to share news of research into mental capacity assessments being conducted for the purpose of DoLS authorisations, which you may be interested in contributing to. The research is being conducted by Lucy Bright and Jim Rogers at the University of Lincoln.…



  Edge director, Steven Richards has produced a side by side comparison explaining succinctly, what is staying and what is going if the Law Commission’s proposals come into force. Although it appears a change in the law could be some years away, this will be useful for professionals to plan ahead. Further, it will enable…





In December a House of Commons committee issued a damning review of mental health care in prisons. It stated: “Record high numbers of self-inflicted deaths and incidents of self-harm in prisons are a damning indictment of the current state of the mental health of those in prison…” The report makes a series of recommendations which…


Changes to sections 135 & 136 of the Mental Health Act came into force on the 11th December. You can download our 2 page summary of the changes, integrating relevant parts of the newly published Dept of Health and Home Office guidance and the Regulations. Click on Read More to download. S135 & 136 brief summary…



Cornwall Council are undertaking a DoLS Time Study. Their DoLS team wishes to establish how much time it takes BIAs to complete their assessments and any time standards that they may have to work within. To take part (anonymously) in this simple survey, click here. Survey closes at 5pm, 21st August 2015.