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10th Annual Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Conference - 19 February 2019

Excellent day, with quality speakers - as always. This is one of the most useful and valuable conferences I attend. There is always something new to learn.

Quote from delegate, February 2019

The opening address from Dorset County Council Principal Social Worker – Steve Crocker and Principal Occupational Therapist – Amy-Jane White reminded us of the importance of the Mental Capacity Act and its empowering capabilities. You can watch the 'Why MCA' video on YouTube.

District Judge Avis - Local Court of Protection Judge shared his Transition talk. It was helpful to be reminded to plan carefully to ensure that people are treated with dignity when they lack capacity and we make decisions for them.

3 Transition Plans February 2019 Transition Plan Checklist (March 2018)

Alex Ruck Keene, “the father of the Court of Protection” - barrister, writer and educator shared his thoughts on the MCA 11 years on: lessons, prospects and gaps.

4 Keynote Speech ARK February 2019 

Delegates were able to attend 2 workshops.

MCA and assessing capacity

This session focused on the complexities and challenges of assessing capacity and the skills and knowledge needed to do that.

Assessing Capacity February 2019

Best interests decision making

This considered how to approach best interests decision making to ensure that our practice is fully compliant with the law keeping the person at the centre of the process.

Best interests decision February 2019

Case law roundup

This update on case law gave an overview of the latest significant cases and upcoming judgements.

Case law round up February 2019

The interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act

This dynamic and interesting piece of law has multiple implications and is important for professionals to understand. Esther Donald demystified it.

The Interface between MHA v MCA February 2019

Service users’ financial affairs

Sally Lees (Bournemouth University) and Bev Arnold (Manager of the Dorset County Council SUFA Team) gave you an overview of the service DCC provide and the legal aspects of managing the financial affairs of those that lack capacity.

Service Users Financial Affairs MCA February 2019

MCA and dementia

Dr Ben Hicks and Sandy Sims shared research and look at how dementia impacts people and their capacity. Delegates undertook the walk-through dementia experience. You can download this and experience it yourself:

MCA and Dementia February 2019

Safeguarding and coercive control

This workshop looked at what constitutes coercive control, how it impacts on the individual and people around them, how to recognise it and ways of working to support and protect vulnerable people.

Safeguarding and Coercive Control February 2019

Relationships for people with disabilities

This workshop gave professionals an opportunity to work with Claire De Than to explore ways of improving the lives of people with disabilities by empowering them and the people that support them.

Relationships for people with disabilities February 2019

Legal - writing court reports

This workshop is aimed at Dorset County Council staff who may find themselves in the Court of Protection. This gave an understanding of the skills and knowledge you need if you are required to prepare reports for court, an increasing part of adult social care practice.

Legal - writing court reports February 2019

Common Communication Problems

This workshop focused on Principle 2 of the MCA, maximising capacity when dealing with people with common language difficulties equipping delegates with some practical steps to support people.

Supporting People With Communication Difficulties February 2019

The date for next years conference has been provisionally set for 18 February 2020.

Finally, we leave you with the MCA Team on why MCA  

Profiles of the workshop facilitators

Rachelle Rowe

Rachelle is an experienced social worker with many years’ experience of working in health and social care settings with people with mental health problems. She is an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and Best Interests Assessor (BIA) now working as a MCA Advisor within the Dorset MCA Team.

Jo Myers

Jo Myers is an experienced and enthusiastic social worker, Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). She has worked for Dorset County Council for the last 9 years who has recently joined the team in November 2018.

Sue Farmer

Sue Farmer is an experienced social worker with many years’ experience of working with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. She is an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and has been an MCA Advisor for the last 5 years within the Dorset MCA Team.

Sandie Sims

Sandie Sims is a qualified Nurse and Best Interests Assessor in the Mental Capacity Act Team who was previously Joint Dementia Quality Lead with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Bev Arnold

Bev Arnold has been in post for 10 years, looking after 200+ service users individual personal finances with a team of Financial Support Officers.

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