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Human Rights

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

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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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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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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27th October 2017

Making Visits Matter

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

    I do like the title of this recently published report into home care, based on a UNISON survey of 1,000...

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12th September 2017

What does a DoLS authorisation allow us to do?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I’m inspired to take a look at this ‘deceptively simple’ question by David Beckenham’s excellent piece, on the powers the...

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11th September 2017

What does Human Rights have to do with Breakfast Time?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

Human rights aren’t always popular, but they are a way of protecting the things that make life worth living for...

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25th August 2017

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Still A Good Thing

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

I recently heard on the radio a retired judge saying some pretty startling things about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs),...

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10th August 2017

Ombudsman’s focus report on the Mental Capacity Act

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

This is my second blog about the Ombudsman’s report, which is called ‘The Right to Decide: towards a greater understanding...

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20th July 2017

Supporting people to make their own decisions: more than just a slogan?

Rachel Griffiths Mental Capacity and Human Rights Specialist

This foundation stone of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is one of the five statutory principles, the one that says...

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