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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:

08th September 2020

Mental Capacity and Human Rights – New NICE Quality Standard (Last update: 08.09.20)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has brought out a useful Quality Standard (QS) on decision-making and...

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02nd September 2020

The Road to Liberty protection safeguards (LPS)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

The liberty protection safeguards (LPS) were scheduled to come into force this October. Providers who have been worried about how...

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08th June 2020

Getting it Right: Human Rights during a Pandemic

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

COVID-19 has changed all our lives. And it’s changed the lives of people who live in care settings more than...

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13th March 2020

Care homes, Coronavirus, and Human Rights

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  The phony war is over.  After the weeks of ‘what should we do if this disease gets close to home?’,...

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31st January 2020

Risk Assessment and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Care providers sometimes consult me when they’ve had a critical inspection – and often the decision-making around the Mental Capacity...

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31st January 2020

Getting Ready for the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

We updated you in the summer on how things were getting on with plans to put the LPS into practice. ...

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31st January 2020

How to assess capacity right

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Managers are horrified if their rating goes from ‘Good’ to ‘Requires Improvement’.  Three common errors relate to mental capacity assessment: ...

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31st January 2020

The risks of a ‘closed culture’

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

In recent internal guidance, CQC inspectors have been told to operate a ‘low threshold for deciding to carry out a...

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29th July 2019

Liberty Protection Safeguards: Dates for your diary!

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published an open letter in...

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25th June 2019

Overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards: Frequently Asked Questions

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

  When will we have to start using the LPS instead of DoLS? The government hasn’t yet decided on that, though it is...

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