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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:

02nd September 2016

Mrs. P and Her Dog Bobby

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I recently learned about Mrs. P, whose court case has just been reported. This lady had worked all her life,...

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26th August 2016

Restraint: What Is It, When Is It Justified, How Should We Record It?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Restraining people in a setting where they’re receiving the care and treatment they need, can feel all wrong.  Yet we...

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12th August 2016

How to “get” the Mental Capacity Act

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

“I just can’t get my head around the Mental Capacity Act – it’s too difficult!” If I had a pound for...

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31st July 2016

Best Interests: What are they, and how do we work out what they are?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

We’ve all got used to the phrase ‘best interests’. It can give a comforting glow to think that we’re making...

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25th July 2016

Covert medication: what protections are there for the person giving it and the person receiving it?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

A new case* has just been reported, dealing with covert medication.  This concerns an elderly lady in a care home,...

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14th July 2016

Movie Time with the Mental Capacity Act

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I’m really excited about the latest video on the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) website.  It’s called Using the...

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08th July 2016

Answering Your Questions about Assessing Mental Capacity

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

When should we do it?  Why? And How?  And who should do it?  This article aims to clarify what the...

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04th July 2016

We’re leaving the EU: does that mean the end of DoLS?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Already I’ve been asked: is there any future for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), after the Referendum delivered –...

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20th June 2016

A gilded cage is still a cage

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

This image is startling, and rather old-fashioned: I don’t think many of us see birds kept in fancy gold-plated cages...

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