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29th October 2018 09:45 to 16:30 (registration from 09:00)
Central London EC4Y (closest underground station Temple)
£140.00 exc. VAT
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Consent and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – A One Day Conference – 29th October 2018

This one day conference is designed to collate the key elements of consent and mental capacity law to enable delegates to understand their legal responsibilities. The conference will look at past case law by considering the biggest consent court case in recent history and the implications for staff. It will look at the present day legal requirements and consider the responsibility to seek valid informed consent and lastly, the day will look to the future by outlining potential future developments in the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill; possible technology to investigate methods of communicating with those with limiting conditions and legal advance care planning options under the Act.

The day will also include an interactive quiz to allow delegates to test their knowledge and put into practice what they learn on the day. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers at dedicated sessions at the end of each segment. The day will also give delegates the chance to network and share ideas with other professionals in the field. On the day, all delegates will receive a hard copy of the conference papers in the form of a presentation booklet and a certificate of attendance at the end.

Speakers and Presentations

James Badenoch QC, Barrister

Consent after Montgomery

James represented Mrs Montgomery in a case (Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11) that led to the amendment of consent guidance for all health professionals including guidance issued by the British Medical Association. He will talk about the impact of this case for patients and professionals.

Steven Richards, Edge Director and CQC Reviewer

  1. Valid Consent and the link to Mental Capacity
  2. Mental Capacity Act Amendment Bill- Where are we now?

 Steven will discuss the link between mental capacity and consent. He will also provide a brief overview on the progress of the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill and the potential key changes for NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities.

Theresa Renwick, Safeguarding Lead, Whittington Hospital and Edge Trainer

Hospital safeguarding concerns and the legal solutions

Theresa deals with various safeguarding concerns on a daily basis within a busy hospital setting; she will tell us more about the challenges and dilemmas faced by staff in these settings and how practical solutions were found in accordance with the law.

Dr Caterina Cinel, Research Fellow, University of Essex

Are brainwaves the future for assessing mental capacity?

An eectroencephalogram (EEG) looks at brainwave patterns. This technology has developed over the last few years and Dr Cinel from the University of Essex will explain the use of EEG and whether this could be developed in future to assist with ‘practical steps’ for those currently assessed as lacking mental capacity. The ability to “communicate a decision” through any means is the last stage of the functional mental capacity test in the Mental Capacity Act but assessors must take practical steps to assist people to communicate. EEG technology was discussed by Dr Cinel’s colleague on Sky News earlier this year.

Aasya Mughal, Edge Director & Barrister

Advance Care Planning under the Mental Capacity Act

A lot of confusion remains about the differences between advance decisions, advance directives and DNACPR decisions. Aasya will explain in clear terms the differences and the legal expectations of these. She will also discuss the right to appoint an Attorney under an LPA and what staff should look out for in order to check the validity of such advance care planning documents. Aasya will also chair the day and host the interactive quiz.

Speaker Biographies 

James Badenoch QC, Barrister

James specialised for over 25 years in clinical negligence, medical law, and professional discipline. He became a QC in 1989. He has appeared in a succession of major cases in the House of Lords, The Privy Council, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The GMC and The GDC.

He has been listed for many years in the principal directories as one of the foremost practitioners in the fields of clinical negligence, professional discipline, and personal injury.

Steven Richards, Edge Director and CQC Reviewer

Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, inspecting the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He is also a specialist advisor for the Commission in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and a Director of Edge training and consultancy. Steven 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 working across adult, older persons and PICU wards and as an advocate represented directly before the Court of Protection. He has co-authored a number of highly popular books, wall charts and Apps on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act. Steven is passionate about advocating for the rights of people lacking mental capacity and conducted a highly influential survey which was cited in a debate in the House of Lords on 5th September during a depate on the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill.

Theresa Renwick, Safeguarding Lead, Whittington Hospital and Edge Trainer

Theresa qualified as a social worker in the 1990s, and continues to practice as an AMHP having completed her ASW training in 2000. Theresa is a trained BIA, and currently works as the Safeguarding Adult, MCA and DoLS Lead. in a London NHS Trust.

Dr Caterina Cinel, Research Fellow, University of Essex

Caterina’s research interests and activities cover attention, multisensory perception, visual feature integration, decision making, brain-computer interfaces and memory. Since 2002, she has worked at the University of Essex, where she is part of the Brain-Computer Interface and Neural Engineering group. She investigates decision making and collaborative BCI, based on EEG and other physiological measures, and multisensory integration.

Aasya Mughal, Edge Director & Barrister

Aasya has acted in a variety of civil litigation matters and for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Prior to this, she gained considerable experience as an in-patient advocate working with detained patients on a number of mental health wards and also appeared before the Court of Protection in this role. She is co-author of a smartphone App, three books and four wall charts on the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act used by local authorities, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and lawyers. She has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law. Aasya has been writing and delivering training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act since 2005. She has been invited to Jersey a number of times to speak about Mental health law in relation to the Jersey legal system and the ECHR. More recently, Aasya has provided guidance to members of the House of Lords and charities on the Mental Capacity Act Amendment Bill.


£140 plus VAT (£168)

This includes a conference booklet, a certificate, refreshments, and a sandwich lunch.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk or call 07341 277487

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