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Deprivation of Liberty – implementing new mental capacity legislation, human rights issues, and addressing challenges for professionals working in the system

12th November 2019

Westminster Legal Policy Forum keynote seminar

Deprivation of Liberty – implementing new mental capacity legislation, human rights issues, and addressing challenges for professionals working in the system

with

Nick Goodwin, Public Guardian and Chief Executive, Office of the Public Guardian

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum

Michael Henson-Webb, Head of Legal, Mind

and

Nadra Ahmed, National Care Association; Caroline Bielanska, Caroline Bielanska Consultancy; Sheree Green, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly; Dorothy Gould, National Survivor User Network; Professor Rosie Harding, University of Birmingham; Denzil Lush, Headway; Jonathan Senker, VoiceAbility and Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers

Chaired by:

Baroness Browning, Vice President, Alzheimer’s Society and Vice President, National Autistic Society

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Morning, Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Central London

 

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Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).

 

Final reminder about the above seminar, taking place in Central London this Tuesday, 12th November 2019.

It willdiscuss the practical implications of reforms emanating from the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act.

As we expect discussion on relevant to charities and their role in implementing the Act – with a session from Jonathan Senker, Chief Executive, VoiceAbility – I thought this might be of interest.

The Act is designed to simplify the authorisation of health and social care arrangements whilst ensuring that patients are not unnecessarily being deprived of their liberty.

The seminar will also be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the usefulness and effectiveness of the new Code of Practice for the Liberty Protection Safeguards – which outlines guidance on operational aspects and decision-making protocols on deprivation of liberty – as well as implementation issues it presents.

The timing of the conference is significant, with the Government expected to be consulting on the Code of Practice for the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

Keynote speakers and participation by policy officials

The agenda includes keynote contributions from: Nick Goodwin, Public Guardian and Chief Executive, Office of the Public Guardian; Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum; and Michael Henson-Webb, Head of Legal, Mind.

Westminster Legal Policy Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing the DfE,Department of Health and Social Care; HMCTS; HMPPS and the Ministry of Justice.

Areas for discussion in the agenda include:

  • The route to Mental Capacity reforms-the Law Commission’s initial report and findings, and how government has taken this forward into policy reforms and developed the new Liberty Protection Safeguards following policy recommendations;
  • Implementing the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act– including:
    • resourcing for the reformed system;
    • education and training of practitioners;
    • the new roles of stakeholders following the Liberty Protection Safeguards; and
    • the way relationships are managed between care providers, professionals working in the system, and those in care.
  • Priorities for the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) – with the new Public Guardian now appointed, delegates will discuss issues around lasting power of attorney following the recent rise in abuse complaints regarding their use. We also expect discussion on the OPG’s Improving how we support adults at risk safeguarding strategy that looks to improve collaboration with partners, raise awareness in the sector, and strengthen the Office’s focus on service users;
  • The role of the judiciary and access to redress– examining the Act in relation to concerns over the appeal procedures, the complexity of the redress schemes, and cases being wrongly brought to the Court of Protection, as well as the use of alternative methods of resolving disputes; and
  • Next steps for policy – with the full reforms anticipated to be implemented by Spring 2020, how government should continue to work with those affected to ensure that concerns are addressed and effectively implement the Liberty Safeguard Protections.

We expect discussion to also draw on issues raised in:

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum.Follow us @WLPFEvents for live updates.

Speakers

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Nick Goodwin, Public Guardian and Chief Executive, Office of the Public Guardian and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum and Michael Henson-Webb, Head of Legal, Mind.

Further confirmed speakers include: Nadra Ahmed, Chairman, National Care Association; Caroline Bielanska, Founder and Director, Caroline Bielanska Consultancy; Sheree Green, Director, Greenchurch Legal Services; Chair, Mental Health and Disability Committee, The Law Society; Member, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Member, Solicitors for the Elderly; Dorothy Gould, Service User Involvement Peer Support and Development Group, National Survivor User Network; Professor Rosie Harding, Chair, Law and Society, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham; Denzil Lush, Trustee, Headway and Former Senior Judge, Court of Protection; Jonathan Senker, Chief Executive, VoiceAbility and Amanda Weston QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers.

Baroness Browning, Vice President, Alzheimer’s Society and Vice President, National Autistic Society has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached.

Networking

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details).Places have been reserved by officials from DfE; DHSC; HMCTS; HMPPSand MoJ. Also due to attend are representatives from ARCO; Aspire CBS; Avenues Group; Bevan Brittan; Birthrights; Blake Morgan; Camberley Alzheimer Café; Camden CCG; CGL – Camden Routes off the Street; CJCH Solicitors; Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Dorothy House Hospice Care; FTWW; Healthwatch Luton; Higgs & Sons; Hugh Jones Solicitors; Hyphen Law; Hywel Dda University Health Board; Invicta Law; Kent Autistic Trust; Liberty; Liberty Care; Mental Health Advocacy Scheme; Mills & Reeve; Mirus; New Forest Mencap; NHS Digital; Nottinghamshire YMCA; Oxford Health NHS FT; Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK; Public Health Wales; Rathbone Brothers; Richmond and Wandsworth Council; Ridouts Professional Services; Salford CCG; SEND Darlington; Staffordshire Housing Association; St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth; SweetTree Home Care Services; The Advocacy Project; The Close Care Home; The Huntercombe Group – Eldertree Lodge; Together for Mental Wellbeing; University of Southampton; Voyage Care; Ward Hadaway and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials, along with representative from the NHS including commissioning and clinical staff, institutions in the criminal justice system, local authorities, care homes and other care providers, patient and advocacy groups together with third sector and support services, legal experts and members of the judiciary, housing associations,emergency services, academics and commentators, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in central government departments affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations (subject to agreement with individual speakers), speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Legal Policy Forum is a division of Westminster Forum Projects. It aims to provide an inclusive and impartial environment for constructive discussion of key issues in law. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition spokespersons and senior opinion-formers in the legal sector, industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Deprivation of Liberty – implementing new mental capacity legislation, human rights issues, and addressing challenges for professionals working in the system (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

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