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Best Interests Assessors Legal Update (Annual Refresher) – 15th & 17th April 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims:  This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to provide an essential update on case law in relation to the role of the BIA. Learning outcomes:
  • Consider the latest DoLS news, research and guidance
  • Examine the latest case law relevant to DoLS and the BIA role
  • Reflect on how the information covered affects BIA practice 
Programme- the day will include the following key topics which may be subject to some minor amendments to reflect the latest case law and guidance at the time of delivery : 
  • Coronavirus Act 2020 – overview and impact MHA, MCA and DoLS
  • Court of Protection – guidance
  • Coronavirus and DoLS – the first case law
  • Deprivation of Liberty – ECHR onwards
  • Restating the fundamentals of deprivation of liberty – case law
  • DoLS appeals – case law
  • National DoLS statistics
  • Ombudsman ruling and Social Work England ruling
  • CQC inspections and DoLS
  • Assessing mental capacity – recent case law on use or weigh
  • Representatives: the role of the BIA – case law
  • Community DoL applications – case law
  • 16-17 year olds and deprivation of liberty – Supreme Court ruling
  • Self-neglect and assessing mental capacity – case
  • DoLS case law summary sheet
  • Case studies
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards – overview
  • DoLS > LPS – what is changing
  • DoLS > LPS – what stays the same(ish)
  • AMCP replacing the role of the BIA
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 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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Deprivation of Liberty, Children and Young People – 22nd & 23rd April 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims: This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to update staff working with children, young people and those in transition with the latest case law and developments in relation to deprivation of liberty. The course will consider these developments and the impact on practice. It examines the Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty and considers practical issues in its application for children and young people. Learning Outcomes: ·    Understand the ‘presumption of capacity’ from age 16; the overlap with parental responsibility until the age of 18 and how this differs to consent provided for children under 16  ·    Understand the supreme court ruling and it’s application to those aged under 18 ·    Identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring and how to make it lawful:  Programme: The day will include the following key topics: ·    Deprivation of Liberty – overview – European Court onwards ·    Supreme Court ruling – overview and its application to children and young people ·    Law Society guidance following the Supreme Court ruling – children’s chapter ·    Recent case law applying the Supreme Court ruling to those under 18 ·    New threshold for deprivation of liberty set by the Supreme Court ·    ‘Continuous supervision and control’ – guidance and examples from case law ·    ‘Not free to leave’ – guidance and examples from case law ·    Case law review involving children since the Supreme Court ruling ·    Residential schools, non-secure children’s homes and foster placements ·    Deprivation of liberty - finding of fact and how to make it lawful ·    18+ in / not in a care home or hospital ·    16-17 and Under 16 in any placement ·   Parental consent (scope of parental responsibility) its authority and limitations in relation to deprivation of liberty – case law review including the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in November 2017 for 16 and 17 year olds ·    DoLS procedure overview ·    Court of Protection applications overview ·    Interaction with other legislation – Children Act, Mental Health Act ·    Practice issues for social care staff and managers. ·    Case studies - a number of cases studies to apply learning in practice The course will be delivered by Dawn Revell Dawn is a qualified Social Worker having obtained her professional status over 18 years ago. She continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983.She is a joint trained investigator for safeguarding adults and presently has responsibility for managing and advising on complex safeguarding adult cases. Dawn presently manages a generic, county wide social services emergency duty team. She has worked as an associate trainer for over 4 years and has designed, facilitated and delivered training on risk assessment, mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding adults. 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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Transforming care : Community legal frameworks for people with learning disabilities – 21st and 24th April 2020 – ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims The Transforming Care initiative in learning disability services means community services need to consider the most appropriate legal frameworks for individuals. This one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to enable health and social services staff understand the different legal options for people with a learning disability. It includes the latest applicable case law in particular around CTOs and Conditional discharge. In particular, it considers the options available under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and inherent jurisdiction looking at the criteria, powers and limitations of each. Learning outcomes   On completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Understand the key legal routes for discharge into the community
  • Explain how clients with different presentations and risks can be legally protected
  • Demonstrate how different legal routes will affect their clients / service users
  • Illustrate how they could use the various legal options available to them
Programme The day will include the following key topics:
  • Community legal options overview
  • Community Treatment Orders – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Guardianship – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Community DoL via Court of Protection – criteria + powers + limitations
  • Forensic Mental Health Act – conditional discharge + powers + limitations
  • Inherent jurisdiction? If all else fails
  • The ‘informal’ voluntary client – consent and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Restraint – definition and criteria for use
  • Identifying community care plans that are a deprivation of liberty
  • Case studies – will look at different client profiles to identify the legal options available
  • The future - Liberty Protection Safeguards and their role
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 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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Approved Mental Health Professionals’ Re-Approval Course – 23, 24 & 30 April 2020 – Three Day Webinar Based Programme
The whole course provides the annual statutory requirement of 18 hours. Aims The course is to help staff confirm they meet the competences required to practise as an AMHP. It revisits the 5 main areas of competence required by the Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008: application of values; knowledge of law and policy; knowledge of mental disorder; skills of working in partnership; and, skills of making and communicating informed decisions. It is recommended that staff complete this course as they approach their formal five year re-approval stage. It should contribute to the provision of evidence of the required competences. It is also designed to meet the needs of those returning to AMHP work after a few years out of practice. In each of the years between re-approval staff are required to undertake at least 18 hours of relevant training. The course is delivered by: Rob Brown, independent trainer and social worker. He provides consultation and supervision for AMHPs in Cornwall & for AMHP Leads in Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Berkshire and Lambeth. He was a founding Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. Rob teaches AMHPs, s12 approved doctors and approved clinicians. He is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Rob has published a number of books in the fields of mental health and mental capacity law. His most recent publication is “The Approved Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Mental Health Law” (5th edition, Sage, 2019). From 1993-2010 he was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and Director of ASW/AMHP courses over the same period. Christine Hutchison is a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. She has worked in the NHS and several local authorities for over 30 years and worked as an ASW and then AMHP from 1995 to 2013. Christine was a Mental Health Act Commissioner with the CQC from 2009-2013. She lectured for Bournemouth University AMHP/BIA programmes for over 10 years and currently sits as a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Service. She is co-author of Focus on Social Work Law- Mental Health 2016 (Palgrave MacMillan). Structure of the course Day One:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 - 17.30 webinar. Day Two:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 - 17.30 webinar. Day Three: 10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 – 17.30 webinar. Resources You will need access to a copy of the Mental Health Act 1983 either on-line at: www.legislation.gov.uk or within a copy of Jones’ Manual or “Mental Health Law in England and Wales” by Barber, Brown and Martin (2019). A discounted copy of this can be purchased by using the attached flyer. On the same flyer Rob Brown’s 2019 edition of “The AMHP’s Guide to Mental Health Law” will be very useful. Webinar Sessions, Contents and Homework Topics Day One: Rob Brown Morning preparation exercises (use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • Reminder of risk criteria in the MHA. MC Quiz. (30 minutes)
  • European Convention on Human Rights (30 minutes)
  • Nearest Relative vignettes (60 minutes)
 13.30 – 15.15
  • Introduction to the course.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020: Implications for AMHPs.
  • Bed shortages and the impact on AMHP work. Exercise.
15.15 – 15.30        Break and consolidation. 15.30 – 17.30
  • Recent statistics on the use of the Mental Health Act.
  • CQC Report on MHA 2018-19.
  • The Human Rights Act and its impact on AMHP work.
  • Feedback  on quiz.
  • How to identify the Nearest Relative. Results of vignettes exercise.
Day Two: Christine Hutchison Morning exercises (30 minutes each - use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • How well do you know DoLS? exercise
  • s117 case vignette
  • s135 exercise (completing an application)
  • s136 MCQ
 13.30 – 15.15
  • The Policing and Crime Act 2017. Changes to s135 and s136 MHA 1983.
  • The Mental Capacity Act: an overview of its impact on AMHP practice.
  • Recording assessments of capacity to consent to admission
15.15 – 15.30          Break and consolidation. 15.30 – 17.30
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). The eligibility assessment. AM v SLAM.
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • S117 After-care
Day Three: Rob Brown Morning exercises (use reference books - results in the afternoon):
  • Part 3 exercise (30 minutes)
  • CTO quiz. (60 minutes)
  • AMHP competence exercise (30 minutes)
13.30 – 14.45
  • Part 3 MHA, s37/41 conditional discharge.
  • Answers and discussion on Part 3 exercise.
  • s7 guardianship, s17 leave, s17A (CTOs).
  • Feedback on CTO exercise
14.45 – 15.00          Drinks break and consolidation. 15.00 – 17.00
  • Recent case law on children & mental health law (Re D).
  • MM (conditional discharge), & PJ (CTOs and dol).
  • Code of Practice issues. What is mental disorder?
  • The return of the voluntary patient?
  • Producing a portfolio of evidence for approval. Feedback on morning exercise.
  • Summary and evaluation. Any final questions.
Includes all course materials and certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed to you upon once booking is completed. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.
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