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Steven Richards

Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. He was a Mental Health Act administrator for many years at the Maudsley Hospital advising clinical staff on their use of the legislation in practice. During this time, he was involved in the publication of the hospital’s guide to the Act, called the Maze. Following this, Steven was an in-patient advocate for Mind working across adult acute and dementia assessment wards. As an advocate he successfully challenged the assessment of mental capacity of a client directly before the Court of Protection.

Steven was a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission for over 10 years visiting and reviewing the care and treatment of patients detained under the Act. He also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.

Steven delivers training on both 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 including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, Welsh Health Boards, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven delivers professional legal update courses for DoLS BIAs and Mental Health Assessors and AMHPs under the Mental Health Act. He has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the use of the MCA at the end of life care. Steven was invited by members of the House of Lords to deliver training on the draft Liberty Protection Safeguards bill prior to detailed debate and amendments in the house. Steven is co-author of 3 books:

Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 4th edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 

Working with the Mental Health Act – 4th edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook - 2nd edition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-2-1)

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

What people say about Steven: 

“Very entertaining & interactive trainer – good use of different presenting techniques to make a difficult subject fun. Thank you” 

“Fabulous – this will be so useful and Steven presents the information in an engaging style : ) ” 

“Excellent as usual – very informative and interesting” 

“Excellent course and excellent delivery” 

“Fantastic engaging trainer” 

“Steven is as thought provoking and engaging as ever” 

“The delivery of the material was excellent which was important to my role as a BIA. I have gained more knowledge and awareness. My practice will definitely improve” 

Wall Charts 

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The Mental Capacity Act (App) available from the App Store or Google Play