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Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Interaction – 21st & 22nd January 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This  one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) aims to enable health and social care staff to consider the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on their work and its relationship to the use and application of the Mental Health Act 1983. Learning outcomes 
  • Understand the key rules and procedures of the Mental Capacity Act and how this relates to its interaction with the Mental Health Act
  • Explain how their working practices will be affected by using the Mental Capacity Act
  • Illustrate the skills needed to assess which Act is applicable for particular situations
  • Demonstrate practical application of the interaction between the two Acts
Programme
  • Mental Capacity Act commentary – Court of Appeal, CQC, Ombudsman
  • MCA and MHA 1983 comparison
  • MCA and MHA statistics – detention and supervision in England
  • Using the MCA in mental health services – community, admission, hospital and discharge
  • Admission to hospital – ECHR case law and AM & SLaM case
  • Assessment of capacity – first steps and overview
  • Understand – what information for admission to hospital
  • Use or weigh – significance in mental health and case law
  • Best Interests – overview and the checklist
  • Admission to mental health wards – which Act and why? Case law guidance
  • Code of Practice guidance – objecting to treatment or admission (eligibility for DoLS)
  • Conveyance - moving people?
  • Deprivation of Liberty – European view onwards
  • Why or when to use DoLS in mental health services – hospital and community
  • Case law – CTO and Conditional Discharge and DoLS
  • Case law summary sheet on MHA and MCA cases
  • The future - Liberty Protection Safeguards and MHA
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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Sexual relations, contraception, marriage and restricting contact : Article 8 and the Mental Capacity Act – 28 & 29 January 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This  one day course (split over 2 webinar sessions) is designed to enable participants to understand mental capacity in these sensitive areas. Participants will gain awareness of the relevant case law in relation to capacity and (where relevant) best interests decision making.  Guidance will be offered on the steps to take where an individual lacks capacity to consent in these areas, to ensure that they are adequately safeguarded, and legal obligations are met. Learning outcomes   By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Understand the application of the MCA in relation to issues of private and family life (Art 8).
  • Increase confidence in assessing capacity to consent in sensitive personal areas
  • Identify how to respond appropriately where a lack of capacity in these areas is confirmed
Programme The day will include the following key topics:
  • Consent and the Mental Capacity Act – overview
  • Legal basis for action and case law
  • European Convention on Human Rights – Article 8 – overview
  • MCA overview and excluded decisions
  • How the courts apply domestic legislation and the Human Rights Act
  • Capacity to sexual relations – case law principles
  • Sexual relations – what to understand?
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003 and mental capacity to sexual relations
  • CQC guidance for providers
  • Sexual relations and contact with others – case law examples
  • Contact with others – what to understand?
  • Capacity to marriage
  • Capacity to contraception
  • The limits of DoLS and safeguarding adults – case law and Ombudsman
  • Court of Protection – scope and decisions
  • Case studies – applying learning to practice
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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Level 3 Safeguarding Adults – 1st & 2nd February 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims: This Level 3 Safeguarding Adults webinar offers delegates the opportunity to explore the legal framework, which underpins safeguarding adults work, and to explore the key challenges that may arise in practice. It will guide the delegates through the safeguarding adults process and focus on making safeguarding personal. It is for all staff who may be involved in safeguarding adult work which could include social workers, community care officers, social care workers, social care managers, GP’s, practice nurses, heads of quality, chief nurses, designated nurses for safeguarding adults, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the requirements of the Care Act 2014 in relation to adult safeguarding
  • Describe personalised responses to adults at risk of harm that reflect the principles of safeguarding
  • Understand their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies
  • Consider the issues surrounding consent, capacity, confidentiality and information sharing
  • Describe the key steps and timescales of the adult safeguarding pathway in line with policy and procedures
  • Understand what informs a decision to undertake an enquiry.
  • Increased ‘legal literacy’ in relation to protecting adults from abuse and neglect
 Programme: The day will include the following key topics:
  • News update, recent developments, case law, reports in relation to safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding Adults legislation, professional duties under The Care 2014 and relevant multi-agency safeguarding adults' policies and procedures
  • Application of the principles of making safeguarding personal
  • Identify factors that contribute towards a decision to undertake a S42 Enquiry
  • Identify who can carry out an enquiry
  • Identify the objectives of a S42 Enquiry
  • Work with an adult/in their best interests to develop an action plan
  • Identify a need for independent advocacy
  • Be able to develop a safeguarding plan
  • Practice issues for staff
  • Links between safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • 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 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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Best Interests Assessors Report Writing – 1 & 3 February 2021 ** VIA LIVE WEBINAR **
Aims This one day course, split over 2 webinar sessions, is targeted specifically at qualified Best Interests Assessors (BIAs) and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure robust and legally defensible assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS). Learning outcomes:
  • To consider what evidence to present to meet the legal requirements of DoLS.
  • To understand the latest case law as it applies to DoLS and how to apply this to BIA assessments.
  • To be able to use the combined assessment form (form 3) for BIAs effectively
Programme:
  • The latest MCA and DoLS news
  • No refusals assessment – what to record
  • Continuous supervision and control & not to free to leave in detail
  • The person is deprived of their liberty– what to record
  • Best interests – what to record to meet the requirements of the statutory checklist
  • It is necessary to deprive the person of their liberty in this way in order to prevent harm to the person – what to record
  • Depriving the person of their liberty in this way is a proportionate response – what to record
  • Benefits and burdens analysis – how to use and what to record
  • Selecting a representative – the eligibility criteria and what to record
  • Setting the maximum authorisation period – justifying the maximum authorisation period
  • Setting conditions – what to consider and how to record
  • DoLS assessment of capacity – the decision and general principles.
  • Recording the capacity assessment
The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil  Piers McNeil is an independent social worker with 17 years experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: learning disability, physical disability, and older persons mental health. Piers is also a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor & Court of Protection visitor and previously held several senior local authority positions specialising in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and adult safeguarding. He has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences. 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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