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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Conference - 14 March 2018

This one day event was designed to help develop a greater understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and using it in practice.

Claire De Than our keynote speaker had us challenging our practise around the human right to have fun - mental capacity, human rights and the boundaries of the law.

AFTA Thought brought this to life and left us invigorated and thoughtful about those we strive to protect.

Key note speech

Keynote speech by Professor Claire de Than

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Resources from the day

  1. MCA and Assessing Capacity - this session focused on the complexities and challenges of assessing capacity and the skills and knowledge needed to do that
  2. Best Interest Decision Making - here we considered how to approach best interest decision making to ensure out practice is fully compliant with the law, and keeps the person at the centre of the process.
  3. Case Law update - the MCA is 10 years old but is continually changing, largely by decisions made through the Court of Protection. The workshop reviewed the twists and turns and how this has affected the way we use and interpret the MCA and what we may expect in the future
  4. MCA and dementia - a chance to look at how we work with people who are living with dementia. Hopefully, this workshop challenged some of our presumptions and assumptions and gave an opportunity to consider how our practise contributes to people's wellbeing. Links to further useful information about dementia:
  5. Safeguarding and self-neglect - a workshop run by experienced Safeguarding Practitioners looking at the very complex area of self neglect and hoarding. Safeguarding, self-neglect and hoarding workshop information produced by NHS Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust and the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board.
  6. Psychiatric disorders which may impact on capacity - this was an opportunity to consider a range of common psychiatric conditions, looking at presentation and symptoms and where this may or may not impact on a person's capacity

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We expect to hold our 10th Conference on 13 March 2019.

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