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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 confirmed so far: 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) Michael Etienne , Barrister   **More speakers will be announced shortly**

Speaker Biographies 

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. 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.
Pricing  £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). Venue  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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DoLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course – 21st September 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
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
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards- Brief Overview
  • 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 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. Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking.  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 – 21st September 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
The Liberty Protection Safeguards became law on 16th May 2019 when the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent. It is expected that LPS will come into force and replace DoLS in April 2022. The government estimate is that there will be over 300,000 LPS applications every year. It creates new statutory duties and responsibilities for local authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and Welsh health boards as well as 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
Aims This half day course (3 hours) aims to provide a detailed introduction of the Liberty Protection Safeguards contained in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. 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
  • Consent > MCA > Restraint > DoLS
  • What care is a deprivation of liberty? The Acid Test
  • Current position with DoLS - annual statistics
  • The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019
  • Legal structure – legislation, regulations, Code of Practice
  • DoLS > LPS – what changes and what stays the same(ish)
  • The Responsible Body
  • Case study
  • LPS procedure – 3 stages
  • LPS – criteria and assessments overview
  • Life-sustaining treatment or vital act
  • Pre-authorisation review
  • Approved Mental Capacity Professionals (AMCP)
  • Renewal procedure
  • Rights: Advocacy, Appeal, Appropriate person, Reviews
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. 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. Includes all course materials and certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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Maintaining Human Rights in Care Homes during a Pandemic  – 22nd September 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This half day training course delivered by live interactive webinar will address some big human rights issues for professionals working in health and social care. DoLS teams and DoLS assessors in particular, may be interested in this course. In trying to deal with an emergency situation, it is sometimes difficult to ensure that human rights standards are maintained. Perhaps more than ever, it is important to scrutinise and reflect upon the impact of changes in practice on the most vulnerable.  In this training course, participants will be taken through the legal frameworks of Article 2, 3, 5 & 8 and the interface with their practice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the course will consider the two judgments in the recent DoLS case of BP v Surrey County Council 2020, visiting care homes, access to video call facilities and the state’s responsibility to ensure that those in care homes are still protected by Article 2 ECHR (the right to life) and Article 3 ECHR (inhumane and degrading treatment). Delivered by barrister and international human rights law expert, Dr Oliver Lewis. Oliver is a real champion for the human rights of those with disabilities. He worked for charities for 15 years in Budapest, before returning to the Bar of England and Wales.  While working for MDAC, one of Oliver’s most notable clients was Mr Stanev (Stanev v Bulgaria 2012). A case which has influenced much of our domestic case law and most notably, Supreme Court judgment in Cheshire West. Oliver has also delivered training on the Court of Protection for Edge and may be commissioned to deliver a course to your organisation. Please email admin@edgetraining.org.uk Programme Key areas this course will cover:
  • UK  DHSC MCA & DoLS Guidance During the Pandemic- what does this mean for practitioners?
  • BP v Surrey Council 2020 and the interface with the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Derogation- what does this mean and the legal process required?
  • WHO guidance v UK Gov guidance for care homes- side by side analysis
  • Article 8 ECHR considerations in relation to accessing video calls
  • Articles 2 & 3 ECHR: what can councils do to ensure these rights are upheld?
The course will be delivered by Dr Oliver Lewis Oliver Lewis is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers where he practices in the Court of Protection and related public law matters with respect to people with disabilities or mental health issues. Before returning to the bar in 2017 he was executive director of Validity, an international human rights charity based in Budapest that advances the rights of people with mental; health issues or learning disabilities worldwide. Oliver is also part-time Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds where he teaches on the LLB and LLM modules on disability law and leads the LLM module on global human rights advocacy and coordinates the international disability law clinic. He is a trustee of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre. He has a law degree from LSE, an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and a PhD from the University of Leiden. Oliver has written extensively on international human rights law and disability, including a book published in 2007, “Mental Disability and the European Convention on Human Rights”. Oliver tweets at @DrOliverLewis
Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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