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Rachel Griffiths

Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Rachel has huge experience and knowledge in the area of Mental Capacity, including how to recognise deprivation of liberty, when and how to assess capacity and how to go about making decisions in someone’s best interests. She is nationally recognised as a leading voice with regards to Mental Capacity, and is involved with setting the agenda as well as providing advice and information about Mental Capacity. The information, guidance and support that Rachel provides helps to ensure that the way people work is within the law and recognises that the person using services is always at the centre of any decisions made. Read more

Posts by Rachel Griffiths:

29th January 2019

Human rights in care settings: what matters to people?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  Not long ago I judged the National Dementia Awards, which were sponsored by QCS. It was such a privilege to...

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09th October 2018

Jimmy’s story: ‘Best Interests’ unpacked

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  I’ve come across a situation recently that I want to share with you. This particular situation concerned someone living with...

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25th September 2018

Plans to replace DoLS: what do we know so far?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  I don’t want you all to worry too much about the plans to replace the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS)...

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13th August 2018

Supporting people to make their own decisions

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  Central to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) are its principles.  Firstly, we must never assume people can’t decide how to...

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11th June 2018

Restraint and Deprivation of Liberty: Top five things you need to know!

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Recently I gave you five ‘Top Tips’ on the framework of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). Here, as promised, are...

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03rd May 2018

Mental Capacity Act: Top Five Things you Need to Know

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

    I’ve been challenged to give you, in five ‘Top Tips’, the headlines of what health and care staff need to...

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29th March 2018

MCA in Nursing Homes

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Get the Basics Right Most of you will know by now that I do get bees in my bonnet and am...

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30th January 2018

Human Rights in Practice

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

‘I’m drowning in a great soup of law!” This is how a care home manager put it to me, when I...

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03rd January 2018

Advance Decisions: What do we Need to Know?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

    I’ve been asked this a lot recently – particularly after recent publicity about a woman named Brenda, whose advance decision...

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07th December 2017

Managing Risk When Someone Might Lack Capacity

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  It’s a real puzzle when someone who lacks capacity to understand risk is nonetheless determined to do something where you...

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