1 October 10:00 till 13:00 (part 1) & 2 October 10:00 till 13:00 (part 2)

A conference delivered in two sessions via live webinar

£150.00 exc. VAT

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**New Conference** BAME Communities and the impact of COVID 19, Mental Capacity & Mental Health Law – 1 & 2 October ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **

This brand new conference from Edge will discuss the latest statistics, case law, news and practice related to BAME communities in the field of mental capacity and mental health law. The conference will also touch on topical issues related to BAME communities and Covid 19.

Delivered online (via Zoom), relax in the comfort of your own home or office while you hear from a range of expert speakers on key issues affecting BAME communities. With many of us reflecting more than ever on injustices in our society, this conference will aim to enhance and improve your skills when working with the BAME population.  Whether you are a social worker, AMHP, doctor, OT, BIA, DoLS mental health assessor, lawyer, Court of Protection visitor, attorney or deputy, this conference will have some key learning points and practical tips you can take forward to improve not only your own practice but perhaps improve practice within your whole organisation.

All Edge courses are fully interactive and we actively encourage participation!  We want you to ask your questions and invite you to share your own experiences with us too. During the conference you will also have the opportunity to participate in case studies and quizzes so that you can apply learning to practice.

Key Talks & Speakers 

Representing BAME clients (Mental Health Tribunals & Court of Protection cases) issues to consider and lessons for social care staff. 
As someone that represents clients both in the Court of Protection and Mental Health Tribunal, Michael will have some important learning points for professionals on key issues for his BAME clients. Michael is a member of the Steering Committees for the Black Barristers Network, the Black Men in Law Network. Michael has a particular focus on actions against detaining authorities in all of their forms; especially claims involving alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. Michael was a member of the external legal team, acting for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in its project “Following Grenfell”, examining the human rights implications following the tragic fire on 14 June 2017, during Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Michael Etienne , Barrister

Blame the BAME: Local lockdowns and Clapping
Actor and comedian Tez Ilyas has been discussing issues relevant to BAME communities throughout the pandemic and was involved in this film entitled You Clap for Me Now: the coronavirus poem on racism and immigration in Britain and was interviewed by CNN on the messgae behind the film.  He will discuss how BAME communities have been disproportionately blamed for local lockdowns and the role of BAME care staff during the pandemic.  Tez discussed being British and Muslim in this Tedx Talk which has over 150k views on You Tube and has appeared on Live at The Apollo (BBC Two), The Last Leg (C4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Kevin Hart’s Live from Montreal (LOL Network), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The Rob Rinder Verdict (C4) and The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (C4). This Telegraph review sums up his style:
“Tez Ilyas’s political stand-up is candy floss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It’s the kind of manoeuvre that takes serious talent to pull off.”
Tez Ilyas, Actor and Comedian

DoLS Assessments and the BAME Community
This talk will focus on DoLS case law affecting the BAME community, including remote assessments and the impact of COVID 19. The talk will also cover tips on evidencing practical steps during remote assessments- consideration for BIAs and Mental Health Assessors
Aasya F Mughal (Chair) Barrister, author & Edge director

Mental Health Act Stats: Analysing the Overrepresentation of BAME Communities 
This talk will analyse the latest annual statistics and the ongoing overrepresentation of BAME communities under the Mental Health Act with considerations for Mental Health Act professionals.
Steven Richards, CQC Reviewer, author & Edge director

Unconscious Bias in Health and Social Care Settings
What is unconscious bias and what are the potential negative repercussions? This talk will help you to challenge your own thinking and practices. It will include tips and effective strategies on managing biases.
Sneha Kilhay, Lecturer & Consultant Trainer

Sharia (Islamic) Finance & Making Best Interests Decisions for the Muslim Client/Service User. 
Do you know the key common financial principles practising muslims live by and how these may need to be incorporated into financial best interests decisions? This talk will introduce some essential concepts and considerations when managing finances for practicing Muslims to ensure legal compliance.
Sohail Ali, Solicitor (DLA Piper)

Speaker Biographies 

Michael Etienne, Barrister

Michael is frequently instructed on cases that give rise to issues of systemic discrimination and is a member of the Steering Committees for the Black Barristers Network, the Black Men in Law Network and “Bridging the Bar”.   Michael has a particular focus on actions against the police and other detaining authorities in all of their forms; especially claims involving alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. Michael was a member of the external legal team, acting for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in its project “Following Grenfell”. Michael has also worked at the European Court of Human Rights and is on Liberty’s Policy Council and Executive Board.  You can follow Michael on Twitter @Metienne12 where he has shares his views on matters of discrimination and read his article entitled Policing during the pandemic: an insight into racism in the UK.

Aasya F Mughal (Chair) Barrister, author & Edge director

Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd. She was called to the Bar in 2003 and has provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil litigation cases and for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Aasya also 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.

Aasya has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law and also volunteers her time to deliver training to families on the Mental Capacity Act through Edge.  Most recently, she has been providing guidance to charities and members of the House of Lords on the Liberty Protection Safeguards including the drafting of amendments to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (now Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019).

She is co-author of a smartphone App, three books and four wall charts on the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards used by local authorities, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and lawyers. These books are highly reviewed on Amazon.

Steven Richards, CQC Reviewer, author & Edge director

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. Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He has also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has delivered 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 – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rdedition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1stedition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7) 

He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act.

Sneha Kilhay, Lecturer & Consultant Trainer

Sneha Khilay has an MSC in Human Resources and is an NLP practitioner and accredited executive coach.  She has lectured at Hertfordshire University and Bournemouth University ASW/AMHP programme and is a regular contributor to the London School of Economics Diversity Section.   She has published various articles and writes a monthly newsletter on equality.  Sneha has advised the NHS and local authorities on equality and unconscious bias as well as the private and corporate sectors.   Her projects include work with the United Nations and the Home Office.  She has recently been interviewed on the BBC Inside Out programme on the impact of bias in recruitment processes.

Sohail Ali, Solicitor (DLA Piper)

Sohail Ali is a Director at DLA Piper, a large global law firm. He specialises in financial and corporate disputes, acting for a range of clients including financial institutions, funds and large corporates. He has a particular interest in Islamic Finance having advised some of the largest Islamic Finance institutions in the UK and in the Middle East. Sohail read law at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford where he graduated from in 2005.

We are delighted to announce that barrister, Michael Etienne will be speaking at our upcoming conference. Michael represents patients at Mental Health Tribunals and in the Court of Protection. He has delivered training on behalf of Edge to psychiatrists.

£150 per place. This includes a PDF conference booklet and a PDF certificate.
10% discount for groups of 10 or more in one booking (call 07341 277487).

Online via Zoom. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate.

Date and Time

1st October (10:00 to 13:00 Part 1) & 2nd October (10:00 to 13:00 Part 2)

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

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